Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Lesson Study

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Leadership for Learning and Innovation

DESCRIPTION In this study-unit, students will learn about the lesson study process. They will be exposed to lesson study as one model of lesson study as implemented in Japan but also in UK and the US. Students will eventually engage in lesson study by collaboratively planning and teaching a lesson themselves.

The course involves reading of literature, the planning of a lesson, teaching and evaluation of a lesson, and ongoing online discussions.

This unit will include three components: lectures, self-study and online learning.

Study-unit Aims:

This study unit aims to:
1. Provide an understanding of lesson study as collaborative action research;
2. Offer opportunities for collaboration, action and reflection;
3. Enable an experience of lesson planning as a process for professional development;
4. Identify issues and challenges with teaching, and design lessons to address and support improvements;
5. Enable students to create and cultivate a lesson study team.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Define lesson study and the collaborative process that sustains and develops professional learning;
2. Employ the key steps in using the lesson study cycle;
3. Identify knowledge of resources and technology which help to design a lesson study with a group of individuals that share common concerns, challenges and dilemmas about their teaching.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Create opportunities for their colleagues to share practices and engage in collaborative planning of a lesson;
2. Explore, together with their colleagues, curriculum material and instructional practices that facilitate student learning;
3. Organise, plan, observe and evaluate lessons with the scope of improving teaching;
4. Discuss with their colleagues appropriate issues, challenges and dilemmas that require study, developing lesson plans and learning activities, selecting and using evaluation procedures, and interpreting learning goals;
5. Critique and participate actively in discussions with their colleagues with the purpose of sharing information, providing feedback and support;
6. Prepare detailed lesson plans, design lesson observation sheets and write reports to communicate and disseminate their work on lesson study.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts

- Fernandez, C. (2002). Learning from Japanese approaches to professional development: The case of lesson study. Journal of Teacher Education, 53(5), 393-405.
- Lewis, C., Perry, R., Friedkin, S., & Roth, J. (2012). Improving teaching does improve teachers: Evidence from lesson study. Journal of Teacher Education, 63(5), 368-375.
- Saito, E. (2012). Key issues of lesson study in Japan and the United States: A literature review. Professional Development in Education, 38(5), 777-789.
- Stigler, J. W., & Hiebert, J. (2009). The Teaching Gap: Best ideas from the world's teachers for improving education in classrooms. New York: The Free Press.

Supplementary Texts

- Lewis, C., Perry, R., Hurd, J., & O’Connell, M. P. (2006). Lesson study comes of age in North America. Phi Delta Kappan, 88, 273–281.
- Lewis, C. (2002). Lesson study: A handbook of teacher-led instructional change. Philadelphia, PA: Research for Better Schools.
- Lewis, C. (2009). What is the nature of knowledge development in lesson study? Educational Action Research, 17(1), 95-110.
- Rock, T., & Wilson, C. (2005). Improving teaching through lesson study. Teacher Education Quarterly, 32(1),77–92.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Blended Learning

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Report See note below Yes 100%
Note: Assessment due will vary according to the study-unit availability.

LECTURER/S Ian Buttigieg
James Calleja (Co-ord.)

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