Collaborative practice development: using lesson study to explore learning challenges in the seminar room

16 October 2019, 13:00 - 15:00
Cambridge campus

Join Dr Phil Wood from Bishop Grosseteste University for the first Talking about Teaching seminar of 2019/20. 

Dr Phil Wood is an educational researcher with a background in Geography and Education and a commitment to interdisciplinary teaching. He is currently a Reader in Education, having previously been an Associate Professor at University of Leicester (2006-2018).

Lesson study is a Japanese collaborative practice development approach. Over the past 20 years it has become increasingly popular in the schools’ sector across the world. The process is based on the collaborative planning, execution and evaluation of a ‘research lesson’ focusing on a ‘learning challenge’ students face in their studies. There is a rapidly growing literature which evidences the potential utility of the approach in schools, but the use of it in higher education continues to be underdeveloped.

Based on Dr Phil Wood's research in the use of lesson study in higher education, this session will introduce you to the process and give you opportunity to begin sketching out how you might use the approach in your own context. This will include consideration of identifying learning challenges, how to approach collaborative planning and how we need to have a clear understanding of how we are theorising learning if we are to get the most from the process. We’ll also consider how to approach both collaborative observation and evaluation within a lesson study context. In addition, the session will introduce techniques which can be used to help gain deep, critical insights into student learning, such as the use of stimulated recall interviewing. By the end of the session you should be able to begin applying lesson study to your own context as a medium for developing discussion and extending pedagogic practice in higher education settings.

Lunch will be served at 1pm with the seminar starting at 1.30pm.

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Event Details

16 October 2019, 13:00 - 15:00
Cambridge campus
LAB 207

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