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Using School-Wide Collaborative Lesson Research to Implement Standards and Improve Student Learning: Models and Preliminary Results

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Theory and Practice of Lesson Study in Mathematics

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Many schools in America have been working to implement the new common standards for mathematics. In Japan, Lesson Study is used to incorporate revised national standards in the classroom. While there are many projects related to Lesson Study outside of Japan, they have met with varying degrees of success, often because they diverge from authentic Japanese Lesson Study. This chapter is built upon an article we wrote that appeared in ZDM in 2016. We developed Collaborative Lesson Research (CLR) for classrooms outside of Japan, based on Japanese Lesson Study. We have been piloting CLR projects in American and Qatari schools. Some schools had teachers who had at least some experience with Lesson Study, while other schools had no prior experience with Lesson Study. We are developing models to introduce CLR to both kinds of schools. We believe that the initial success of these projects shows that CLR may be used on a school-wide scale to implement new standards and improve student learning.

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Notes

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    Kyouzai kenkyuu is discussed in more detail in Sect. 3.2.

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    http://lsalliance.org/public_docs/lesson_research_proposal_template.doc

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    International Math-teacher Professionalization Using Lesson Study.

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    http://lessonresearch.net/resources2.html

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This publication is based in part on a project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The findings and conclusions contained within are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This publication is based in part on a project funded by the Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO). The findings and conclusions contained within are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of QAPCO.

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Takahashi, A., McDougal, T. (2019). Using School-Wide Collaborative Lesson Research to Implement Standards and Improve Student Learning: Models and Preliminary Results. In: Huang, R., Takahashi, A., da Ponte, J.P. (eds) Theory and Practice of Lesson Study in Mathematics. Advances in Mathematics Education. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-04031-4_14

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