The philosophy of Lesson Study in Japan—teacher ownership, teacher professionalism, student learning-focused dialogue, teacher collaboration, and teacher professional community—has attracted educators and researchers worldwide. However, Lesson Study does not have the same meaning as its original Japanese expression Jugyou Kenkyuu, a combination of two Japanese words—Jugyou meaning instruction or lesson(s) and Kenkyuu meaning study or research. To bridge the gap between Jugyou Kenkyuu and Lesson Study and therefore maximize the potential of Lesson Study in the world, this edited volume provides two "mirrors" for those who wish to reflect on and implement Lesson Study within their own contexts. One section discusses how Lesson Study is utilized in Japanese teacher education and how this system reproduces the very culture of Lesson Study. The other section addresses case studies showcasing Lesson Study implementation in several countries such as the United States, Germany, Norway, Peru, and Uganda and discusses the opportunities and challenges that arise when Lesson Study-based teacher education expands beyond Japan to the rest of the world. This book will appeal to anyone interested in learning about Lesson Study.

chapter 1|6 pages


The potentials of Lesson Study-based teacher education

part I|44 pages

Lesson Study in Japan and the world

chapter 2|20 pages

Through foreign eyes

A critical understanding of Lesson Study-based teacher education in Japan

chapter 3|22 pages

The landscape of Lesson Study

A methodology for teachers’ professional development and educational research

part II|75 pages

The scenery of Lesson Study-based teacher education in Japan

chapter 4|16 pages

All routes lead to Lesson Study

Lesson Study in methods courses for teacher preparation

chapter 7|18 pages

Beyond individual school

Off-site Lesson Study

part III|53 pages

The potentials and challenges of Lesson Study-based teacher education globally

chapter 9|12 pages

Lesson Study in the United States

Possibilities and challenges through a case study in social studies education

chapter 10|16 pages

Lesson Study in German-speaking countries

Between classroom research and teacher education

chapter 11|9 pages

Lesson Study in Uganda and Peru

The role of physical education Lesson Study in international educational cooperation

part IV|34 pages

For a better Lesson Study-based teacher education

chapter 13|16 pages

Lesson Study as democratic teacher professional development

Creating a lesson-mediated public sphere in the teacher education field