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ERIC Number: EJ852277
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
Transform Textbook Lessons
Hodges, Thomas E.; Lanry, Geri A.; Cady, JoAnn
Teaching Children Mathematics, v16 n1 p42-48 Aug 2009
The increased popularity of lesson study in the United States--an approach to professional development initiated in Japan more than a century ago--is due in large part to findings from the 1995 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) video study and the subsequent book, "The Teaching Gap" (Stigler and Hiebert 1999). "Lesson study" refers to a classroom-based form of professional development consisting of a four-step cycle. Applying the lesson study model to professional development can impact classroom teachers and teacher educators who design professional development experiences for other teachers. Lesson study is not just about improving a single lesson, it's about building pathways for ongoing improvement of instruction. The authors engaged in a lesson study when designing a professional development workshop for classes with both in-service and preservice teachers. The goal was for teachers to reflect on how their own lessons develop students' understanding of mathematics. Specifically, the authors wanted teachers to think about the tasks and discourse promoted by various textbooks. Using the lesson study cycle, the authors looked at research, which they used to guide the design of a lesson. Then they implemented the lesson study in three settings: (1) a professional development meeting for in-service teachers; (2) a graduate-level mathematics education course; and (3) a preservice elementary mathematics education course. Each author led at least one session and observed the other two. After each professional development experience, they met to discuss what they perceived to be the strengths and weaknesses of the session. These debriefing meetings focused on what the participants had said and done during the workshop. After each debriefing, the authors revised the lesson before teaching it in subsequent settings. In this article, they describe their experience. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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