Academic articles

There are many academic articles published every year relating to Lesson study, Learning study and Collaborative Lesson Research. 

The list here is by no means exhaustive. A good place to start is the International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies the journal of the World Association of Lesson Studies ( ). Membership of WALS gives access to the journal for a year and is recommended as the journal publishes many excellent articles. Other education journals provide additional insight often with a particular focus such as teacher professional learning, participatory action research and so on.

Here we provide a bibliography of some articles you may find useful:

Akiba, M. and Howard, C. (2021). After the race to the top: State and district capacity to sustain professional development innovation in Florida. Educational Policy

Akiba, M., Murata, A., Howard, C. and Wilkinson, B. (2019). Lesson study design features for supporting collaborative teacher learning. Teaching and Teacher Education, 77, pp.352-365.

Bjuland, R. and Mosvold, R. (2015). Lesson study in teacher education: Learning from a challenging case. Teaching and teacher education, 52, pp.83-90.

Burghes, D.and Robinson, D. (2010). Lesson study: enhancing mathematics teaching and learning. CfBT Education Trust.

Chokshi, S. and Fernandez, C. (2004). Challenges to importing Japanese lesson study: Concerns, misconceptions, and nuances. Phi Delta Kappan 85(7), pp. 520 – 525.

Fernandez, C. (2002). Learning from Japanese approaches to professional development: the case of lesson study. Journal of teacher education 53(5), pp. 393-405.

Fernandez, C. (2005). Lesson study: A means for elementary teachers to develop the knowledge of mathematics needed for reform-minded teaching? Mathematical thinking and learning. 7(4), pp. 265-289.

Fernandez, C. and Yoshida, M. (2012). Lesson study: A Japanese approach to improving mathematics teaching and learning. Routledge.

Fujii, T. (2014). Implementing Japanese Lesson Study in Foreign Countries: Misconceptions Revealed. Mathematics Teacher Education & Development.

Fujii, T. (2019). Designing and adapting tasks in lesson planning: A critical process of lesson study. In Theory and practice of lesson study in mathematics (pp. 681-704). Springer, Cham.

Hart, L.C., Alston, A. and Murata, A. (eds.) (2011). Lesson Study Research and Practice in Mathematics Education: Learning Together. New York: Springer.

Isoda, M. (2007). Japanese lesson study in mathematics: Its impact, diversity and potential for educational improvement. World Scientific 2007. 

Lewis, C. (2006). Lesson study in North America: Progress and challenges. Lesson study: International perspective on policy and practice. 7(36).

Lewis, C., Friedkin, S., Emerson, K., Henn, L. and Goldsmith, L. (2019). How does lesson study work? Toward a theory of lesson study process and impact. In Theory and practice of lesson study in mathematics (pp. 13-37). Springer, Cham.

Lewis, C. and Perry, R. (2017). Lesson study to scale up research-based knowledge: A randomized, controlled trial of fractions learning. Journal for research in mathematics education, 48(3), pp.261-299.

Lewis, C., Perry, R. and Murata, A. (2006). How should research contribute to instructional improvement? The case of lesson study. Educational researcher. 35(3), pp. 3-14.

Lewis, C., Perry, R. and Hurd, J. (2009). Improving mathematics instruction through lesson study: A theoretical model and North American case. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education. 12(4), pp. 285-304.

Makinae, N. (2010). The origin of lesson study in Japan. 5th East Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education: In Search of Excellence in Mathematics Education, Tokyo. Vol. 15. 

Murata, A. (2011). Introduction: Conceptual overview of lesson study. Lesson study research and practice in mathematics education. Springer Netherlands. 1(12), pp.1-11.

Norwich, B. and Ylonen, A. (2015). A design-based trial of Lesson Study for assessment purposes: evaluating a new classroom based dynamic assessment approach. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 30(2), pp.253-273.

Pedder, D. (2015) Prospects for further development of Lesson Study. in Dudley, P. (ed.) (2014). Lesson Study: Professional Learning for Our Time. Routledge. pp. 145-151

Perry, R. and Lewis, C. (2009). What is successful adaptation of lesson study in the US? Journal of Educational Change. 10(4), pp. 365-391.

Saito, E. (2012). Key issues of lesson study in Japan and the United States: A literature review. Professional development in education. 38(5), pp. 777-789.

Seino, T. and Foster, C. (2021). Analysis of the final comments provided by a knowledgeable other in lesson study. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 24(5), pp.507-528.

Seleznyov, S. (2018). Lesson study: an exploration of its translation beyond Japan. International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies, 7(3), pp.217-229.

Seleznyov, S. (2019). Lesson study beyond Japan: evaluating impact. International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies, 8(1), pp.2-13.

Seleznyov, S. (2019). Lesson study: exploring implementation challenges in England. International Journal For Lesson And Learning Studies. 9(2), pp. 179-192.

Shuilleabhain, A. (2016). Developing mathematics teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge in lesson study: Case study findings. International journal for lesson and learning studies, 5(3), pp.212-226.

Stigler, J., and Hiebert, J. (1999). The teaching gap: Best ideas from the world's teachers for improving education in the classroom. New York: Free Press.

Takahashi, A. (2014). Supporting the effective implementation of a new mathematics curriculum: a case study of school-based lesson study at a Japanese public elementary school. Mathematics curriculum in school education. Springer Netherlands. pp. 417-441.

Takahashi, A. (2014). The role of the knowledgeable other in lesson study: Examining the final comments of experienced lesson study practitioners. Mathematics Teacher Education and Development. 16(1), pp.2-17. 

Takahashi, A. and McDougal, T., (2016). Collaborative lesson research: maximizing the impact of lesson study. ZDM, pp.1-14.

Takahashi, A., McDougal, T., Friedkin, S. and Watanabe, T. (2022). Educators' Learning from Lesson Study: Mathematics for Ages 5-13.

Tan, S. (2021). Bansho as part of lesson and lesson study: from the origins to the present. International Journal for Lesson & Learning Studies.

Wake, G., Foster, M. and Swann, M. (2013). Bowland Maths lesson study project report. 

Wake, G. and Seleznyov, S. (2020). Curriculum design through lesson study. London Review of Education. 18 (3), pp.467–79

Warwick, P., Vrikki, M., Vermunt, J., Mercer, N. and Halem, N., (2016). Connecting observations of student and teacher learning: an examination of dialogic processes in Lesson Study discussions in mathematics. ZDM, pp.1-15.

Wood, P., Larssen, D., Helgevold, N. and Cajkler, W. (2019). Lesson Study in Initial Teacher Education: Principles and Practices. Emerald Publishing Limited.

Wolthuis, F., van Veen, K., de Vries, S. and Hubers, M. (2020). Between lethal and local adaptation: Lesson study as an organizational routine. International journal of educational research, 100, p.101534.