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ERIC Number: ED467761
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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The Perceptions of Teachers and Administrators on the Impact of the Lesson Study Initiative.
Byrum, Jerri L.; Jarrell, Ruth; Munoz, Marco
A lesson study initiative was implemented in 25 high schools/learning centers in the Jefferson County, Kentucky, school district. The lesson study initiative is a professional development process in which teachers collaborate to systematically examine their practice and to improve the effectiveness of the experiences they provide to their students. This is done by groups of instructors who teach, critique, revise, and reteach lessons. The end product is a new culture, within which teachers continually build professional knowledge through routine reflection, constant improvement of lessons, and regular measurement of their effectiveness through student results. A participant-oriented evaluation model was used to determine the impact of the lesson study initiative on professional development. Qualitative data were collected using classroom observation. Additional data collected involved critique and feedback sessions, team response forms, and individual response forms. Results indicated that the initiative was popular with the teachers and administrators. The rewards they experienced while participating included opportunities to collaborate with others and applying what was learned to all lesson planning. Respondents concurred that the biggest threats to the lesson study initiative were the cost and time involved in the process. (Contains 16 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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