A technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) scale for geography teachers in senior high school

Xiaobing Su, Xiaorui Huang, Chun Zhou, Maiga Chang

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Abstract

With information technology being employed extensively in school education, the TPACK (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge) theoretical framework is adopted by a growing number of researchers to study, assess and advance teachers' ability to integrate IT into course teaching. However, there is no measurement instrument designed specifically to assess Geography teachers' TPACK competences in Mainland China so far. In this study, based on the currently available TPACK measurement instruments, we attempt to develop, following the 7-factor TPACK model, a measurement scale for senior high school Geography teachers in Mainland China. Invitation emails were sent to target teachers and a total of 869 valid responses were received from 9 Mainland provinces. Confirmatory factor analysis was administered on the collected data to attest convergent validity and discriminant validity of the scale, as well as the 7-factor TPACK model. As demonstrated with our research findings, the TPACK knowledge structure of senior high school Geography teachers in Mainland China accords with the 7-factor model, with factor loadings of the 37 measured variables all distributed between 0.57 and 0.94, and composite validity values of each factor ranging between 0.87 and 0.93, which indicates the scale has good convergent validity; after the seven factors being paired with each other, the chi-square value differences between constrained and unconstrained models all reach the significant level of 0.05, which indicates the scale has good discriminant validity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-341
Number of pages17
JournalEgitim ve Bilim
Volume42
Issue number190
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Development of measurement scales
  • Geography teachers
  • Mainland China
  • Senior high school
  • TPACK

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