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Understanding Lesson Study for Mathematics
A Practical Guide for Improving Teaching and Learning

ISBN 9781138485716
Published July 23, 2020 by Routledge
278 Pages

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Book Description

Using the latest research, this book provides an insight into how learning in mathematics can be improved through a lesson study approach. This highly practical resource explores the research and theory that underpins lesson study, and shows the significant impact it can have on teacher development.

Divided into ten accessible main chapters that focus in depth on an individual mathematics lesson, each chapter provides research and background to the lesson, an outline of key features, a detailed description and analysis of the lesson in practice, post-lesson discussions and reflections which generalise from the experience, as well as links to helpful resources. Some of the key topics explored include:

  • Fractions
  • Proportional relationships
  • Probability and statistics
  • Geometry
  • Modelling
  • Algebra
  • Dialogic reasoning.

Understanding Lesson Study for Mathematics is the perfect resource for all mathematics teachers, trainee teachers, and professional developers who are looking to develop the use of lesson study in their own practice or for those simply seeking new inspiring ideas for the mathematics classroom.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. An introduction to Lesson Study

Chapter 2. Perimeter and mastery

Chapter 3. Developing understanding of fraction through context

Chapter 4. Proportional relationships and the double number line

Chapter 5. Communicating mathematically about shape

Chapter 6. Constructing deep geometrical understanding

Chapter 7. Modelling through open-ended tasks

Chapter 8. Early algebra using real-life scenarios

Chapter 9. Sustaining argument about randomness

Chapter 10. Experimental design: connecting statistics to student experience

Chapter 11. Teaching logarithms through problem solving

Chapter 12. Conclusions


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Rosa Archer, University of Manchester, has worked on lesson study for ten years with colleagues from Japan and from England.

Siân Morgan, Manchester University, is a teacher educator, researcher and professional developer with a passion for mathematics education and lesson study.

David Swanson teaches at Manchester University and researches mathematical and pedagogical concept development and critical social perspectives on education.