Lesson Study Project – STSA and the IOE
On 12th October a group of six schools came together to begin an exciting research project. The project involved taking the lesson study approach to CPD and educational research (which originated in Japan) and applying this in six different schools.
What is lesson study?
Lesson study is a research and development process led by a research theme. Through repeated cycles of research, planning, teaching, observation and discussion, it focuses on improving teacher ability to anticipate students’ learning approaches, problems and solutions.
What does the research tell us about the likely benefits of lesson study?
- Increased knowledge of subject matter
- Increased knowledge of instruction;
- Increased ability to observe students;
- Stronger collegial networks;
- Stronger connection of daily practice to long term goals;
- Stronger motivation and sense of efficacy;
- Improved quality of available lesson plans.
Lewis C (1995) Educating hearts and minds
The current STSA project involves a range of types of Southwark schools including a special school and both primary and secondary. So far we have had our initial meeting and will be meeting in late November to receive training and confirm our research themes for the project. At the end of the academic year we will be sharing our findings.
If you would like to know more about our project, or to get involved in lesson study yourself, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The schools involved in the project are:
Dulwich College Junior School,
Cherry Garden School
Charles Dickens Primary School
Crampton Primary School
Cathedral Primary School