Lesson Study

Module code: ED7142

Module co-ordinators: Dr Wasyl Cajkler and Dr Phil Wood

Lesson Study is a way of researching and understanding teaching and learning that has been in wide use in Japan since 1870. It was introduced to the UK around 2000 and the University of Leicester is becoming recognised as a centre of excellence in using Lesson Study nationally. In a Lesson Study, a group of teachers work together to plan, deliver, and analyse a series of 'research lessons' or 'study lessons' devised to improve the way they teach something or the way particular learners learn something. Join our team of Lesson Study experts and your peers to improve teaching and learning in your own school through this dynamic and truly collaborative approach.

In this module you will learn how to implement Lesson Study as part of shared good practice in your own professional setting, working in collaboration with other colleagues. We will identify the elements of Lesson Study cycles and outline critical approaches to planning learning collaboratively. As so much relies on high-quality observation, we will discuss the basic principles of lesson observation and apply these principles to a case study. You will undertake a Lesson Study cycle with at least one other colleague. You will then be encouraged to share your findings and understanding through different media.

Learning

  • Several taught days across the year (dates TBC)
  • Self-directed study
  • Collaboration in a Lesson Study cycle with at least one other colleague in your school/college
  • Blackboard, the University’s virtual learning environment

Assessment

  • Reflective diary that captures your personal development in thinking with links to the literature during the completion of a cycle of lesson study (1,500 words)
  • Narrated presentation of the approach taken to lesson observation, including problems and development in approach; this can include clips of captured video materials (1,000 words equivalent)
  • Short report on the process and outcomes from a cycle of Lesson Study