Lesson study is a method of evaluating and improving classroom instruction through the use of "research lessons".
Our team is currently engaged in two major IES-funded research projects, both focused on using elements of Japanese curriculum and instruction along with lesson study to support teachers’ implementation of mathematical ideas embedded in the Common Core State Standards. Prior NSF-funded and IES-funded research focused on whether research-based toolkits enable mathematics lesson study groups to access and use content knowledge effectively.
In Japan, teachers improve their teaching through "lesson study," a process in which teachers jointly plan, observe, analyze, and refine actual classroom lessons called "research lessons". Lesson study is widely credited for the steady improvement of Japanese elementary mathematics and science instruction. Since 1999, lesson study has rapidly emerged in many sites across the United States.
The Mills College Lesson Study Group was founded in 1999 by Catherine Lewis and Shelley Friedkin. Our staff has grown to include six full and part-time employees. Please visit: http://lessonresearch.net/staffmain1.html to find out more about us!
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