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Researching on practice through lesson study: developing prospective teachers’ knowledge of student learning

Raquel Vieira (Instituto de Educação, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal) (Escola Superior de Educação e Ciências Sociais (ESECS), Instituto Politecnico de Leiria, Leiria, Portugal)
João Pedro da Ponte (Instituto de Educação, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal)

International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies

ISSN: 2046-8253

Article publication date: 2 May 2024

Issue publication date: 17 July 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper focuses on prospective teachers’ (PTs) participation in a lesson study (LS) that prompted them to research their own practice. We seek to describe the dimensions of PTs’ knowledge of student learning developed during the process and the LS features fostering it.

Design/methodology/approach

The participants were two PTs, a teacher educator, a cooperating teacher and a researcher. The LS was integrated into a Portuguese initial elementary teacher education program. Following a qualitative approach, we used participant observation.

Findings

The PTs developed their knowledge of students’ learning of the concept of area in four dimensions: theories; students’ interests and expectations; ways students interact with the content and students’ strengths and weaknesses in learning the concept. To support this development, the LS design considered follow-up sessions and emphasised collaborative work.

Originality/value

This study focuses on PTs researching their practice and disseminating the results, which has been overlooked in previous research of LS with PTs. The results highlight the potential of LS to motivate PTs to research their practice and emphasise the importance of involving them in disseminating LS results.

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Acknowledgements

This work is supported by FCT–Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia by a grant to Raquel Vieira (SFRH/BD/146837/2019) and also by UIDEF–Unidade de Investigação e Desenvolvimento em Educação e Formação–UIDB/04107/2020.

Citation

Vieira, R. and Ponte, J.P.d. (2024), "Researching on practice through lesson study: developing prospective teachers’ knowledge of student learning", International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies, Vol. 13 No. 3, pp. 163-175. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLLS-08-2023-0110

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