The power of teachers carrying out Lesson Study

It is breathtakingly simple, but teachers carrying out Lesson Study activities can have a dramatic impact on pupils’ results. Professor Peter Dudley explains.

Japan has managed to maintain its place in the top 10 for highest educational standards for as long as these things have been measured. The secret seems to be that Japan’s teachers have a deep and more profound knowledge of two aspects of education than do others elsewhere in the world, developed through Lesson Study.

The first aspect of their knowledge is that they understand deeply not only their subject knowledge but also how to teach their subjects and how to avoid and correct misconceptions. This is “pedagogical content knowledge”. The second aspect is teachers’ deep knowledge of the way their pupils learn, their needs and motivations. 

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