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Altering the Structure and Culture Of American Public Schools


This article presents a case for "lesson study," an idea from Japan that offers a strategy for improving public schools. Under this model, teachers work collaboratively as they develop lessons, observe each other teaching, and reflect and provide feedback in a process that helps teachers continually refine their work. The author discusses how in order to achieve successful reform, the core processes must first be redesigned and he draws a parallel to changes that American companies made in their processes in order to survive in the modern market and culture. He also shares examples where lesson study has been implemented in American schools and provides detailed findings of its impact on teachers.

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