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ERIC Number: EJ773365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1094-3277
Japanese Lesson Study, Staff Development, and Science Education Reform--The Neshaminy Story
Kolenda, Robert L.
Science Educator, v16 n1 p29-33 Spr 2007
This article describes the efforts of a combinatorial approach of Schools Around the World (SAW) and Understanding by Design (UbD) to create a foundation for lesson study efforts based on the Japanese model. UbD provides a framework for study units rich in essential content, assessment practices and well-crafted activities. SAW and lesson study provide strategy to determine if both student work and teacher assignment meet intended goals and standards. The author discusses staff selection and training, including: (1) goal selection; (2) content topic identification; (3) unit study design; (4) creating a research lesson designed to integrate science process skills with content; and (5) presenting and observing the research lesson. Following final edits of the research lesson based on observation data, the lesson and study unit are distributed to each staff member teaching the grade level or planned course, with encouragement to revise the lesson to meet the needs of the individual classes, creating a continuing lesson study cycle. The experiment has sparked staff interest. As veteran teachers team with those new to the profession or teachers with varied content expertise, a broader and deeper understanding of content material is gained, that can be passed to students, leading to both improved teaching and increased academic achievement (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan