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ERIC Number: ED512090
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
"Lesson Study" as Professional Culture in Japanese Schools: An Historical Perspective on Elementary Classroom Practices
Arani, Mohammad Reza Sarkar; Keisuke, Fukaya; Lassegard, James P.
Online Submission, Japan Review n22 p171-200 2010
This research examines "lesson study" as a traditional model of creating professional knowledge in schools. "Lesson study," typically defined as teachers' classroom based collaborative research, has a long history in Japan as a shared professional culture with potential for enhancing learning, enriching classroom activities and transforming the school environment. A case study method based on historical data is the primary approach used in this research. Detailed description and analysis of lessons are provided, individual lesson plans are examined and exchanges of views between teachers are discussed. The findings are intended to help clarify the cultural and historical role of lesson based research in Japanese schools, and also the significant influence that lesson study has exerted on developing a culture of shared professionalism in Japan. The following are appended: (1) Unit Lesson Plan of 5th Grade Geography Classroom Lessons for Lesson Study at Kijo Elementary School (September 1930); (2) Teacher's Evaluation of the Geography Lessons in Practice before the Lesson Study; (3) Teacher's Evaluation of the Geography Lessons in Practice after the Lesson Study; (4) Teachers' Reflective Thinking on the Geography Lessons; (5) Outline of Teachers' Discussion and Evaluation of a Science Education Lesson Study at Kijo Elementary School in 1930 (Instructor: Sugiura Ito, 4th Grade); and (6) Teachers' Discussion, Evaluation and Critical Comments on a 6th Grade Science Education Lesson Study at Kijo Elementary School in 1930. (Contains 5 notes and 2 figures.) [This research was supported in part by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).]
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan