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Monday, 12 February 2018 00:38

Implementation of Lesson Studies in Austria

Lesson Study and Learning Study have been implemented increasingly in initial teacher training as well as in continuous professional development in Austria. Universities as well as colleges of teacher education all over Austria make use of Lesson Study in their educational research and they offer courses about Lesson Study on a regular basis.

Lesson Study is used intensively in the context of teacher induction as well as in teaching practice. Local school councils have discovered the potential of Lesson Study and they promote CPD through Lesson Study to replace one-off in-service courses.

A nation-wide networking meeting is organised by the Ministry of Education and Research on an annual basis at the University College of Teacher Education in Carinthia.

Several book publications bout Lesson Study in Austria and Germany in German language are in print.

Centre of Excellence under the auspices of Autonomous Educational Organization “Nazarbayev Intellectual schools” (CoE) has branches in all of the regions of the country, where teacher training courses and workshops are provided by trainers. 

Conceptualising Lesson Study as one of the key drivers for the transformation of teaching practice and instrument for teacher learning, CoE has been introducing it since 2012 as one of the concepts within training courses for teachers and school leaders. 

With the aim to provide an opportunity for Kazakhstani teachers to learn about Lesson Study and consequently to promote and develop Lesson Study in Kazakhstan CoE has created the website Lessonstudy.kz and started the development of necessary guidelines in Kazakh and Russian languages. 

As part of the further plans, along with existing activities, CoE is planning:

  • to start organisation in Kazakhstan Lesson Study annual teacher conferences on the regional and national levels in order to provide school leaders and teachers opportunity to share their experience of Lesson study and discuss issues regarding teaching and learning in Kazakhstani schools;
  • to start training school Lesson Study trainers, who will be leading learning within the schools (introducing and facilitating Lesson study in their own schools).

Centre of Excellence has branches in all of the regions of the country cpm.kz/en

We have recently completed a three-year study (2013-17) supported by a Brunei Research Council (BRC08) grant involving 150 teachers of four curriculum areas from government primary and secondary schools to develop a research-based professional development model for 21st century teaching and learning (21CTL). The model engages teachers in cycles of Lesson Study to design, teach and review learning activities that promote 21st century skill development in the context of the national curriculum. To review the design of the learning situation, teachers collect evidence of gains in student knowledge and capabilities, and evidence of the opportunities provided by the design for students to build the target skills of collaboration, knowledge construction, self-regulation, real-world problem-solving and innovation, the use of ICT for learning and skilled communication. The study sought to identify the necessary conditions for teacher learning, hypothesized to include teacher experience of simultaneous variation with respect to 1) approaches to the design of learning situations, 2) students' responses to the processes and content of those designs, and 3) teachers' interpretations of the student learning outcome.

See, for example, Wood, K., Jaidin, J. H., Jawawi, R., Perera, Q., Salleh, S., Shahrill, M. and Sithamparam, S. (2017) How and what teachers learn from collaborative professional development, International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies, Vol. 6, No. 2, 151-168.

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Sunday, 19 November 2017 23:45

WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH LS IN MÁLAGA, SPAN?

A blog by Dr Neomi Peña Trapero

In Málaga, LS research focuses on virtuality in order to develop the practical thinking of teachers through analysis of knowledge-in-action. LS has proven to be a privileged series of strategies in making knowledge –which by nature is unconscious and automatic– visible by promoting self-observation and contrasted analysis of classroom life. The confidence which the cooperative process generates over a prolonged period of joint investigation and experimentation gives students the security necessary to deal with radical changes in different teaching contexts.

At Málaga University, LS forms part of our research in both initial and in-service training (Practicum and other subjects where students develop actual “Learning and Service” projects). In both cases, our approach deals with students' needs and interests using alternative pedagogical models.

The main goal of our research is twofold. Firstly, to identify the virtuality of each phase of LS in order to promote theorisation of practice and experimentation of theory as key areas in reconstructing practical knowledge. Secondly, to develop the role of LS methodological advisers, as researchers who accompany teachers and trainees and help them take up this methodology.

Finally, it is worth noting that our research group is helping to disseminate LS by including it in University contexts in Latin America: as a core aspect of the Pedagogical Model at Universidad Nacional de Educación (Ecuador), and as part of teaching practice at Normal Veracruzana school and Veracruz University through a research project with funding for four years (Xalapa, Mexico).

University of Malaga LS team
Pérez Gómez, Á.I., Soto Gómez, E., Serván Núñez, M.J., Peña Trapero, N., Caparrós Vida, R. y Rodríguez Robles, C.

Monday, 18 January 2016 13:40

LSUK Handbook in German

Would like to read Pete Dudley's Lesson Study Handbook in German? Get it here: http://lessonstudy.co.uk/2016/01/german-translation-of-the-lesson-study-handbook-is-now-available-to-download-for-free/ 

The international mathematics education journal ZDM has published an article by Dr. Akihiko Takahashi and Dr Thomas McDougal on lesson study. The article is freely available at Collaborative Lesson Research: Maximising the Impact of Lesson Study

The Indoneisa Lesson Study Association (ALSI) is holding their 7th International Conference on Lesson Study on 24 - 26 November 2016 at the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM). The first call for papers will go out in January 2016. Further information can be found at www.alsi.icls.net and www.umm.ac.id

 

 

 

 

The 59th World Assembly of International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET) meets June 19-22, 2015 at Naruto University of Education, Japan on the theme: Challenging Disparities in Education. The call for papers closes 15 February. Please visit: http://2015icet.org