A flexible course for teachers that integrates theory with practice in schools.
Course Tutor – 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 work-place.
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.