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Developing Innovative Pedagogies through Lesson Study

A CPD course for Teachers

Course Leader – Prof John Elliott

The School of Education and Lifelong Learning is offering Developing Innovative Pedagogies through Lesson Study as a CPD course to enable teachers to carry out a collaborative lesson/learning study in their school context.

Lesson study is a collaborative form of teacher research that originated in Japan and has rapidly spread on a global scale to many countries, including the USA, UK, Austria, Spain, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Sweden. In Hong Kong, Lo Mun Ling and her co-workers at the Hong Kong Institute of Education blended Lesson Study with variation theory developed by Ference Marton and his associates at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

Variation theory provides teachers engaged in lesson study with a pedagogical tool for developing innovative teaching strategies aimed at ’learning with understanding.’ This form of lesson study informed by a learning theory, which focused the teachers’ attention on the quality of their pupils’ learning experiences, became known as learning study. 

It is this theory-informed approach to lesson study that the course will aspire to facilitate in schools. However, participating teachers will also be encouraged to explore the relevance of other pedagogical theories as resources for lesson study.

Taught sessions and school visits

This CPD course has 5 taught sessions to be held at the University, as well as a Lesson Study presentation.

Dates: 19 January, 26 January, 2 February, 9 February, 11 May, 18 May 2017.

Time: 17.00-20.00

Alongside these taught sessions, there will be a minimum of three visits by the course tutor to observe teaching teams in schools. 


Teacher teams will be required to collectively construct a Lesson Study for presentation to their professional peers. It will be structured around a Research Poster presentation depicting the process, research methods, use of theoretical resources and relevant scholarly literature, and the major findings.  They will also be required to submit a team-based learning study report.  


The CPD (non-credit bearing) course is £600 per participant.

How to apply

Teachers should apply individually via the CPD application form for the course, but should ideally be clustered into a teaching team of 2-4 per school.

Master’s level upgrade option

Developing Innovative Pedagogies through Lesson Study is being offered as a CPD (non-credit bearing) option, as outlined above. Participant will, however, have the option of upgrading to the full 30 Master-level credit version of the module once they have started the course. The fee for this will be £590.

Those who wish to register for the full 30 credit Master’s level module from the outset can do so via the Postgraduate course application form. The fee for this for January 2017 is £1150.

This module is offered as an option on the part-time Master’s course, MA Educational Practice and Research.

Further information

If you would like further information about this course, or the theory behind Lesson Study, please contact Prof John Elliott, john.elliott@uea.ac.uk.