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Lesson Study in North America: Progress and Challenges

From M. Matoba, K. A. Crawford & M. R. Sarkar Arani (Eds.), Lesson Study: International Perspective on Policy and Practice.


This chapter addresses the development of lesson study in North America. Four areas of progress are described: the growth of interest in lesson study; the development of tools and resources to support conduct of lesson study; of growth of understanding of lesson study; and the initial “existence proofs” of lesson study’s effectiveness in North American sites. There are also, however, many challenges facing lesson study, including the need for rich curriculum, research models, and ideas about expertise, and the need for a broad, cross-site learning community that would enable lesson study practitioners to learn from one another..


lesson study, professional development, instructional improvement, Japan, reform