Improving Preservice Field Placements in Secondary Mathematics: A Residency Model for Student Teaching Through Lesson Study

Theresa Gurl


In response to the recent calls for a residency model for field internships in education, a possible model based on an adaptation of Japanese lesson study is described. Lesson study consists of collaboratively planning, implementing, and discussing lessons after the lesson is taught. Results of a study in which student teachers and cooperating teachers followed a lesson study format for several meetings is briefly shared, including an analysis of the discussion that took place during planning and follow-up meetings. Suggestions and rationale for a more widespread implementation of the model are discussed.

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