Identify the research focus


In your first meeting of the lesson study cycle, as a group establish a research question that together you wish to explore. This can be a difficult process, but it is worth spending some time on this.
Consider the problem solving processes and ask yourself:
  • Which processes are my particular class struggling with?
  • What specific aspects of my current teaching approach would I like to improve?

Examples of specific research questions include, How might we help our students to:
  • formulate and pursue their own questions from a given stimulus?Magglass.jpg
  • select more powerful representations when problem solving?
  • make sensible assumptions and analyse their effect on solutions?
  • identify the important variables in a problem and the relationships between them?
  • become more systematic in their approaches?
  • plan their approaches more carefully before embarking on them?
  • compare the effectiveness of two or more different approaches to a problem?
  • analyse the problem solving strategies used by other students?
  • communicate their reasoning more effectively?

When you have chosen one or two research questions to focus on, then begin to write down some immediate implications that this will have for (a) the type of problem you choose and (b) the way in which you need to plan your research lesson.

The resource sheet below shows some possible research questions, some immediate implications and possible tasks that might be used.