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Lesson Study Among Engineering Lecturers as a Way to Plan, Implement, and Improve an Industry-Integrated Course

  • Khairiyah Mohd-YusofEmail author
  • Fatin Aliah Phang
  • Aziatul Niza Sadikin
  • Zaki Yamani Zakaria
  • Siti Hajjar Che Man
  • Mohd. Kamaruddin Abd. Hamid
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Abstract

Traditionally, engineering lecturers do not have sufficient training and background in teaching although training and passion toward teaching could help to make them good engineering educators. However, it takes time for them to learn by themselves by attending training and continuously improving their practice. Recently, Lesson Study is practiced in universities to help improve teaching and learning among lecturers collaboratively. Lesson Study is a form of continuous professional development for educators where a group of educators come together to plan lessons, observe each other’s classes, analyze the classes, and give feedback as well as reflection of the lessons. The learning and development of educators can be faster and more meaningful as Lesson Study is directly improving classroom teaching. This paper describes how Lesson Study was practiced by eight engineering lecturers to teach “Introduction to Engineering” among chemical engineering students that utilize a problem with a sustainable development theme. Frequent meetings and classroom observations were conducted throughout one semester. At the end of the semester, reflections were collected from the lecturers to study the benefits and challenges they encountered. Most of them agreed that Lesson Study helps to improve their lesson planning, time management, collaboration among lecturers, and confidence in teaching. However, Lesson Study requires time to meet, discuss, and plan. Lesson Study is seen as a quick way for experienced lecturers to mentor and coach new lecturers especially in shifting them from a teacher-centered approach to a student-centered approach in engineering education.

Keywords

Lesson study Reflection Collaboration Faculty development 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Khairiyah Mohd-Yusof
    • 1
    Email author
  • Fatin Aliah Phang
    • 1
  • Aziatul Niza Sadikin
    • 2
  • Zaki Yamani Zakaria
    • 2
  • Siti Hajjar Che Man
    • 2
  • Mohd. Kamaruddin Abd. Hamid
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Engineering Education, Universiti Teknologi MalaysiaJohor BahruMalaysia
  2. 2.School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MalaysiaJohor BahruMalaysia

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