Collaborative Lesson Research - UK

Collaborative Lesson Research-UK is a registered charity run by educators for educators. Its purpose is to support activity that by many might be called lesson study. Fundamentally it involves teachers and other educators working in collaborative participatory action research that seeks to improve practice leading to better student learning. Our overarching term for such activity is collaborative lesson research - a term first introduced by our friend and colleague, Dr Akihiko Takahashi.

Collaborative lesson research (CLR) is a powerful form of teacher professional development focused on the design of lessons for student learning. In CLR, a group of teachers research a topic and rigorously design a proposal for a lesson. Many educators are often invited to observe, and all join a post-lesson discussion immediately following the lesson.

Collaborative lesson research as an activity is fundamentally derived from Japanese Lesson Study which is well-established as part of the professional practice of Japanese elementary school teachers who seek to improve their knowledge of teaching and seek to become expert practitioners. The term collaborative lesson research was first coined by Akihiko Takahashi and Tom McDougal in 2016 in a paper. They write:As a form of lesson study, CLR is an investigation undertaken by a group of educators, usually teachers, using live lessons to answer shared questions about teaching and learning. We define collaborative lesson research (CLR) as having the following components: 1. A clear research purpose 2. Kyouzai kenkyuu 3. A written research proposal 4. A live research lesson and discussion 5. Knowledgeable others 6. Sharing of results (Takahashi and McDougal, 2016
We aim to support our work by working with teachers, educators, academics and policy makers and in collaboration with like-minded collaborators internationally.

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