Lesson Studies Lesson Studies

Innovative Teaching and Learning through Lesson Study

A flexible course for teachers that integrates theory with practice in schools. 

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.


A flexible programme

We are offering the following options for taking this course:

  • As an optional 30 credit module on the MA Education, Practice and Research. Those looking to do the module as part of the MA course will need to secure a group in their school to undertake a collaborative Lesson Study with.  
  • As a stand-alone 30 credit Master’s-level module. Clusters of 2-4 teachers from your school can register to undertake the 30 credit Master’s-level module on a stand-alone basis. You will be required to attend the six sessions at UEA listed below and   complete both the Formative and Summative assessments. Practical support from the course tutor for conducting a collaborative Lesson Study in their school (a course requirement) will be on offer.
  • As a CPD course (non-credit bearing). Clusters of 2-4 teachers from your school may take a shorter CPD version of the module. You will need to attend five taught sessions at UEA and undertake the Formative assessment component of the course; a presentation to your peers of a collaborative Lesson Study of value to your school. Practical support for this from a course tutor will also be on offer.

Those who undertake the CPD option will have an opportunity during the course to upgrade to the full 30 credit Master’s-level module.


Taught sessions and school visits

Below are the dates for the Lesson Study course, all 17.00-20.00:

  • Thursday 15 March 2018 
  • Thursday 22 March 2018 
  • Thursday 19 April 2018 
  • Thursday 26 April 2018 
  • Thursday 21 June 2018 
  • Thursday 28 June 2018 (Master’s credit students only)

Alongside these taught sessions, there will be visits by the course tutor to support the work of teaching teams in their schools. 



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

Summative assessment (and the award of 30 Master’s level credits) - you will undertake an additional 4000 word Individual Learning Narrative. This will require you to attend the session on Thursday June 28th from 17.00-20.00 at UEA.


Fees and how to apply

CPD option
For entry in 2018, the CPD (non-credit bearing) course fee is £600 per participant. 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-level credit module
Those who wish to register for the full 30 credit Master’s level module do so via the Postgraduate course application form. The fee for this for 2018 is £1,215.

Master’s level upgrade option
Participants will have the option of upgrading from the CPD non-credit bearing course to the full 30 credit Master-level version of the module for an additional fee of £615.

This module is also offered as an option on the part-time 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