Development of lesson study approach in three rural elementary schools of Taiwan

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Abstract

In rural schools, teachers feel particularly disadvantaged for teaching professional development. Implementing lesson study projects could promote teaching quality. The study investigated the development of lesson study approach in three rural elementary schools of Taiwan. A qualitative method was employed to collect and analyze data obtained from interviews with individual school principals, various observations, and focus group interviews for teacher collaboration. Through a year of lesson study processes, the schools of this study developed feasible examples for lesson study. School leaders’ teaching demonstrations and a focus on student performance promoted teachers’ participation in open classroom observations and collective discussions. Establishing alliances between schools resolved the problem of a limited number of teachers with the same specialty during collaborative lesson planning. However, because of a lack of experience and insufficient collaboration in lesson planning, the participating teachers did not completely establish the model of jump learning for improving students’ thinking skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-111
Number of pages11
JournalAsia-Pacific Social Science Review
Volume16
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations

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