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Lesson Study and Schools as Learning Communities

Asian School Reform in Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Atsushi Tsukui, Masatsugu Murase


114 pages

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School as Learning Community (SLC), or Lesson Study for Learning Community (LSLC) represents an approach to lesson study that emerged in Japan in the 1990s and which has been studied intensively by educators and researchers worldwide to establish democratic learning communities for teachers and students in schools. The model, which involves all teachers in a school observing and sharing a lesson together, creates a listening pedagogy to embrace and develop diversity of learning in each teacher and student – a practice that is as yet, not commonly researched in Asian countries outside of Japan. The book’s theoretical foundation reviews existing literature on SLC and LSLC in the Japanese contexts of educational theories and practices. The chapters discuss patterns of learning practices and the challenges of conducting LSLC in Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Recommendations for research and practice involving SLC/LSLC are also provided in the book with a key focus on the impact of lesson study on school reform policies.

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors

List of tables and figures


Part I Theory of SLC

Chapter 1 Spread and Progress of School as Learning Community in Asia (Manabu Sato)

Chapter 2 History and Theory of School as Learning Community (Masatsugu Murase)

Part II Practice of SLC

Chapter 3 School-Wide Lesson Study Across Subject Areas: Creating School-Based Professional Learning Communities in Japanese Secondary Schools (Yoshiko Kitada)

Chapter 4 School Reform Practices through Building Learning Community in Korea: Toward Restructuring the Image of Learning (Jiwon Shin and Woo-jung Son)

Chapter 5 Late Start and Rapid Spread: The Challenge of School as Learning Community in Taiwan (Yulun Huang)

Chapter 6 Harbinger of Lesson Study for Learning Community in Indonesia (Tatang Suratno, Ibrohim, Ridwan Joharmawan, Husnul Chotimah and Naomi Takasawa)

Chapter 7 What Makes a Teacher ‘Act’: Changing the Micro-politics of Classroom Observation through Lesson Study in Vietnam (Atsushi Tsukui)


About the Editors

Atsushi Tsukui is senior researcher at International Development Center of Japan, a consulting firm for social development projects in developing countries. His research focuses on teacher professional development in Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Ethiopia and Myanmar. He develops and conducts a series of teacher training by video viewing. His earliest work anthropologically revealed the roles of facilitators for community education in Northern mountainous regions in Vietnam. In subsequent research he conducted in-depth fieldwork of teacher’s lived experiences in Vietnamese schools to investigate teacher value/identity. He is now engaging in his doctoral thesis on Vietnamese teachers’ values reflected in their classroom observation.

Masatsugu Murase is the founder and director of Azabu Institute of Education, an independent consulting firm in Tokyo, Japan. After gaining experience as a teacher educator at Shinshu University, he became an independent consultant for school education. He has visited numerous schools in Japan and other Asian countries to assist in their school reform efforts. In addition to consulting, he has authored or co-authored several papers and books on diverse subjects, such as learning science, lesson study, professional development, and school reform. He is currently working as part of a JICA project for curriculum development in Myanmar.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education

In Asia, schooling, teaching and learning are undergoing major changes as a consequence of wider economic, social, cultural and political movements. The success of some Asian countries in international education benchmarks has redirected attention to the region. This is counterbalanced by other countries that are struggling to educate their citizens in the midst of political instability, ideological and religious tensions, poverty and natural disasters. In spite of such broad differences across countries in Asia, pioneering and innovative research is being conducted that is of increasing interest to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and governments worldwide.

The Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education book series will examine key theoretical and empirical research on the changing institutional and cultural contexts of Asian education. The series aims to establish a strong platform for the critical discussion of educational practices and pedagogies in Asia, and is open to Asian and international researchers with a focus on the region. Interdisciplinary research is welcomed, including education, social sciences, psychology, organisational studies, economics, history, political science, cultural studies, and language and literacy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Aims & Objectives
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General