LESSON STUDY BOOKS/ REPORTS
***The following list is alphabetized by author(s):
Fernandez, C., & Yoshida, M. (in press). Lesson Study: A Japanese Approach to Improving Mathematics Teaching and Learning. Manuscript submitted for publication. coming soon! >>>click here for ordering information
Stigler, J. W., & Hiebert, J. (1999). The Teaching Gap: Best ideas from the world's teachers for improving education in the classroom. New York, NY: Summit Books.
In this book, the authors draw on the conclusions of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) to refocus educational reform efforts. Using videotaped lessons from dozens of randomly selected eighth-grade classrooms in the U.S., Japan, and Germany, the authors document the nature of teaching in each country and examine why the quality of teaching in the U.S. lags behind that of our peers in other countries. The authors argue that U.S. schools can be restructured as places where teachers can engage in career-long learning and classrooms can become laboratories for developing new, teaching-centered ideas. If teachers are given appropriate opportunities and support, teaching in the U.S. can improve.