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Title:A case study of lesson study in a high school: Implementation after the initial funding cease
Author(s):Kim, Ji Young
Director of Research:Noffke, Susan E.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Noffke, Susan E.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Clift, Renée T.; Ryan, Katherine E.; Crockett, Michele D.
Department / Program:Curriculum & Instruction
Discipline:Elementary Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Teacher Education
Lesson Study
High School Mathematic Education
High School Science Education
Professional Development
Abstract:This study examined the implementation of lesson study as a method of professional development in a high school setting after the initial funding had ceased. The participants had had experience with lesson study and included three math teachers, two science teachers, one special education teacher who collaborated with the science teachers, one literacy coach, and one curriculum coordinator. Data collection included secondary sources obtained by the university partnership; observations of the lesson study, the participants’ regular classrooms, and department meetings; two phases of in-depth interviews; an open-ended survey; and artifacts of the process of lesson study. The implementation of lesson study after the end of funding with support from a facilitator did yield some benefits for the participants, although they also confronted several challenges, such as time, scheduling, and various levels of understanding of what lesson study is. After implementing the lesson study, participants demonstrated changes in instruction, concern about student needs and performance, and collaboration with colleagues. Also, similarities between the regular department meetings and the lesson study meetings were found, which might contribute to the successful adaptation of lesson study into the U.S. context. Fully informing teachers about lesson study and giving them practical experience with it as a method of professional development can lead to its continuity.
Issue Date:2011-01-14
Rights Information:Copyright 2010 Ji Young Kim
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-01-14
Date Deposited:2010-12

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