The purpose of this paper is to better understand the challenges involved in introducing Lesson Study (LS) into teacher education in Malawi by studying mathematics teacher educators’ (TEs’) understanding of planning for LS.
This study is a part of a wider ongoing project designed to improve the quality and capacity of mathematics teacher education in Malawi. One of its components is professional development of all mathematics TEs in Malawi using an LS model. The units being analyzed comprise of the TEs’ written lesson plans and qualitative content analysis is the chosen analytical approach.
Based on the analyzed research lesson plans, the TEs have difficulty in focusing on their own learning parallel to the student teachers’ (STs’) learning, and struggle with predicting STs’ responses to tasks. In addition, there is a pervasive lack of emphasis on planned and focused observation of STs’ learning, as evidenced by a review of the research lesson plans.
This is a small-scale study due to LS being introduced to Malawi teacher education for the first time and the need to test before possible upscaling.
The paper includes a description of mathematics TEs’ understanding of LS in an African context, which can be a valuable information for TEs who are attempting to use LS.
This paper fulfills an identified need to learn more about TEs’ understanding of LS worldwide.
Fauskanger, J., Jakobsen, A. and Kazima, M. (2019), "Malawi mathematics teacher educators’ understanding of Lesson Study", International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies, Vol. 8 No. 1, pp. 48-59. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLLS-06-2018-0039Download as .RIS
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