Lesson Study Research Group (LSRG)

Purpose and scope

The University of Leicester is one of a very few universities in the country to have a research group exclusively dedicated to researching pedagogy through lesson study. The Lesson Study Research Group (LSRG) was established in 2012 as a forum for the exploration of pedagogy through the use of Japanese lesson study (jugyō kenkyū). With its focus on learning rather than the performance of ‘under-pressure’ teachers, lesson study provides an alternative approach to the development and improvement of pedagogy at all levels from primary to higher education. We work with schools and universities locally, nationally and internationally, to identify ways in which pedagogy can be made more responsive to students, through joint collaboration in planning, teaching, observing, noticing and analysing the quality of learning in lessons. The LSRG is a first point of contact for practitioners looking for support in the use of lesson study in initial teacher education and higher education programmes.

We shape thinking about teaching and its practice by enabling practitioners to engage in collaborative pursuit of greater understanding students’ and teachers’ learning, and what it means to teach. We work with our students to integrate research explicitly in our initial teacher education (ITE) and Masters programmes within a lesson study framework.

LSRG members have well-developed relationships with schools and Teaching School Alliances supporting them as they promote, lead, embed and research LS in different school and classroom contexts. LSRG also supports Teaching School Alliances disseminate and share practical insights in the conduct and leadership of lesson study in schools at conferences and public lesson study events. We are regularly called upon by teaching alliances and schools for advice and support in the implementation of lesson study as a vehicle for pedagogic improvement.

This website has been designed to give you a taste of the work that we do. Click on the links below to find out more:

Current academic members

We welcome membership of full-time staff, research students and colleagues from schools, local authorities and other universities who collaborate with us (Gediz University, University of Stavanger, University of Malaga, Catholic University of Valencia; Universidade Federal do Oeste do Pará, Brazil).

Other members

  • Stefanie Edwards (Headteacher; Affinity Teaching School Alliance)
  • Susan Wallin (English Language Teaching Unit)
  • Elodie Walsh (doctoral student)
  • Val Poultney (Derby University, UK)
  • Seyit Ömer GÖK (Academic Director, formerly of Gediz University, Izmir, Turkey)
  • Haiyan Xu (post-doctoral member)
  • Ana Fatima Becerra Mena (visiting PhD student, University of Malaga)
  • Dr Maarten Tas

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