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Lesson study in science teacher preparation programs: a literature review

Tammy Kraft (George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA)
Omar Hernández Rodríguez (Department of Graduate Studies, University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA)

International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies

ISSN: 2046-8253

Article publication date: 24 April 2024

Issue publication date: 7 May 2024




This article aims to identify and describe the research outcomes of studies that have employed the theoretical framework of lesson study (LS) in initial science teacher preparation programs. The focus is on the impact of LS on preservice teachers’ (PST) pedagogical and content knowledge, beliefs, routines and norms for professional learning and instructional practices.


A systematic approach was employed to compile pertinent literature by initially searching scholarly databases using specific keywords and phrases related to prospective science teacher preparation. Seventeen studies, encompassing both qualitative research and mixed-methods research, met the inclusion criteria and significantly contributed to the study’s findings. The authors independently conducted a coding process, applying a predefined code scheme based on Lewis et al.'s (2019) theoretical framework. The outcomes of the coding process were compared, and reliability tests were conducted to ensure the consistency of the coding.


In preservice science teacher (PSST) education, LS proves transformative, enriching pedagogical and content knowledge, shaping beliefs, fostering collaboration and influencing instructional practices. Its collaborative, reflective and iterative nature significantly contributes to the professional growth of preservice science teachers, preparing them for effective, student-centered teaching practices. Further investigation is warranted in the realm of LS, particularly concerning preservice science teachers and their beliefs.


This literature review on science PSTs is one of the pioneering efforts to employ the professional development framework crafted by Lewis et al. (2019).



Kraft, T. and Hernández Rodríguez, O. (2024), "Lesson study in science teacher preparation programs: a literature review", International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 116-129.



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