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Chokshi, Sonal; Fernandez, Clea – Phi Delta Kappan, 2005
Most readers of the Kappan will know that lesson study is a Japanese approach to teacher professional development that has recently become popular in the U.S. Indeed, lesson study activity has been spreading rapidly for several years and continues to proliferate today. However, to date, most of the discussion and research about U.S.-based lesson…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Program Effectiveness, Teaching (Occupation), Educational Change
Chokshi, Sonal; Fernandez, Clea – Phi Delta Kappan, 2004
Recently, there has been a rapid proliferation of lesson study groups in the United States. Since deep knowledge about lesson study is rare in the U.S., it is likely that some of these groups have an incomplete understanding of this Japanese practice. Some may focus on structural aspects of the process of lesson study or may mimic its superficial…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Misconceptions, Developmental Stages
Fernandez, Clea; Chokshi, Sonal – Phi Delta Kappan, 2002
Describes "lesson study," a Japanese professional development process for teachers that focuses on a systematic examination of their teaching practices. Includes a brief overview of the lesson-study process, advice for setting up lesson study, and strategies for working on study lessons. (PKP)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Learning Strategies, Professional Development
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Fernandez, Clea; Cannon, Joanna; Chokshi, Sonal – Teaching and Teacher Education, 2003
Describes a professional development initiative based on implementing Japanese lesson study in a U.S. school. Japanese teachers acted as lesson study coaches. Researchers documented processes engaged in by participants. There were many crucial differences between groups. American teachers found it difficult to sustain a vision of teaching as a…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Teacher Collaboration