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Reforming Lesson Study in Japan
Theories of Action for Schools as Learning Communities



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December 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

This book elucidates the formation and development of theories of action in school reforms under the Schools as Learning Communities initiative, from its inception in 1998 in select Japanese elementary schools, junior high schools, and one secondary school. While growing international interest in Japanese lesson study is in pursuit of a ‘standard’ lesson study, Suzuki offers a unique perspective into school reforms under the initiative, and how they resisted the standardization of lesson study out of concerns that it would limit a teacher’s autonomous judgement and choice.

Through a theory-of-action approach in its examination of the pilot schools for the Schools as Learning Communities initiative, this book clarifies:

  • Why did teachers reform lesson study?
  • What were the difficulties in reforming lesson study?
  • Why were teachers working on school reform for the Schools as Learning Communities initiative?
  • Why did the school reform for the Schools as Learning Communities initiative evolve from an elementary school to the junior high schools and high schools?

This book provides a theoretical foundation for reviewing the past efforts and histories of Japanese lesson study reforms, and will interest academics and practitioners looking for insights into the future of lesson study.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Theory of Action in School Reform for School as Learning Community (SLC): A Research Part I 2. Formation of the Theory of Action in School Reform for School as Learning Community (SLC) in Hamanogo Elementary School (HGE): A Focus on the Principal Who Spearheaded the Initial Stage 3. Formation of the Theory of Action in School Reform for School as Learning Community (SLC) in Hamanogo Elementary School (HGE): A Focus on the Research Department in the Initial Stage 4. Development of the Theory of Action in School Reform for School as Learning Community (SLC) in Hamanogo Elementary School (HGE): A Focus on Caring in the Second Stage Part II 5. Theory of Action in School Reform for School as Learning Community (SLC) in Hiromi Elementary School (HME) 6. Formation of the Theory of Action in School Reform for School as Learning Community (SLC) in Gakuyo Junior High School (GYJ) 7. Development of the Theory of Action in School Reform for School as Learning Community (SLC) in Gakuyo Junior High School (GYJ) Part III 8. Theory of Action in School Reform for School as Learning Community (SLC) at Kakioka Junior High School (KOJ) 9. Theory of Action in School Reform for School as Learning Community (SLC) at the Secondary School Attached to the Faculty of Education, The University of Tokyo (UTS) 10. Conclusion: Characteristics of Theory of Action in School Reform for School as Learning Community (SLC)

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Biography

Yuta Suzuki is an associate professor in the Institute for Liberal Arts (ILA) at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Tokyo and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Tokyo. He received his PhD in Education from the University of Tokyo. He was a Research Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and a project lecturer at the University of Tokyo. His previous books include Formation and Development of Teachers’ Professional Community: A Genealogy of Research on School Reform in the United States (in Japanese) (Keiso Shobo, 2018) (Japanese Association of School Education Award 2019), Essence of Education and Teacher Learning, coauthored (in Japanese) (Gakubunsya, 2019), and Reggio Children’s Wonder of Learning: Early Childhood Education at Reggio Emilia, (Japanese joint translation) (Access Publishing, 2011). His articles include "Teachers Professional Discourse in a Japanese Lesson Study", International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 216-231 (2012). His research interests include lesson study, school reform, action research, teachers’ professionalism, professional learning, and professional community.