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Lesson Study: analytic stance and depth of noticing in post-lesson discussions

Anne Mette Færøyvik Karlsen (Department of Education and Sports Science, Faculty of Arts and Education, University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway)
Nina Helgevold (Department of Education and Sports Science, Faculty of Arts and Education, University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway)

International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies

ISSN: 2046-8253

Article publication date: 27 August 2019

Issue publication date: 11 October 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to shed light on teachers’ attention to student learning in post-lesson discussions in Lesson Study (LS) by exploring the depth and analytic stance of noticing (van Es, 2011) and by identifying interactions that may extend or narrow the levels of noticing.

Design/methodology/approach

The study has dug deeply into post-lesson discussions in the context of two different LS groups at a Norwegian lower secondary school.

Findings

The paper provides empirical insights about crucial elements of teachers’ learning processes pertaining to their professional noticing. Sharing of rich descriptions of evidence of student learning appeared to be a necessary foundation for the deepening of the teacher groups’ analytic approach. The study highlights the importance of teacher groups’ openness and attention to the collected data and a shared willingness to go deep into the interpretations. Interthinking and exploratory talk (Littleton and Mercer, 2013) are emphasised as important social interaction and talk modes to deepen the analytic stance and depth of noticing.

Research limitations/implications

Even though this is a small study, it brings to light important knowledge about how interactions in post-research lesson discussions in LS can influence teachers’ professional noticing.

Practical implications

An implication of the study is to design observation forms that capture student learning as tools for teachers’ professional noticing.

Originality/value

This paper fulfils an identified need to investigate teachers’ learning processes in LS, including how interactions within a teacher group influence noticing.

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Citation

Karlsen, A.M.F. and Helgevold, N. (2019), "Lesson Study: analytic stance and depth of noticing in post-lesson discussions", International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies, Vol. 8 No. 4, pp. 290-304. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLLS-04-2019-0034

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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