Towards a sustainable model for the professional learning of mathematics teachers.

On these pages we describe the LeMaPS project and share some of the resources that we hope will enable you to get started with lesson study.

Throughout, the focus is on how we may better enable students to develop their capacity to use mathematical problem-solving processes.

Geoff Wake, Malcolm Swan, Colin Foster

Centre for Research in Mathematics Education

School of Education

University of Nottingham

The pilot study (2012-13)

During 2012-13 the Bowland Charitable Trust sponsored a small-scale pilot project to investigate the potential of “Japanese Lesson Study” to support the professional learning of mathematics teachers. This was carried out in collaboration with the IMPULS group at Tokyo Gakugei University. The model involved groups of teachers and HEI representatives in the collaborative design and deep study of “research lessons” that focus attention on mathematics-specific pedagogical knowledge and impact on student learning.

The current study (2014-15)

This work is now being continued and extended with the support of the Nuffield Foundation. The plan is to extend and further develop the pilot to develop and trial:

  • A sustainable model of HEI-school partnerships that supports the long term professional learning of communities of mathematics teachers;
  • A toolkit of resources required for the faithful and effective dissemination of this model.

The project will, in the first of two years, introduce Lesson Study processes for mathematical problem solving across a total of eight clusters of between two and four schools centred on four HEIs. In parallel, tools to support this work will be developed and piloted. In the second year a further five HEIs will take part informing the project of issues of scalability and the tools will be further refined. The main outcome of the project will be an established ‘proof of concept’ of HEI-school partnerships together with the resources that will support its further expansion.
This Nuffield funded project seeks proof-of-concept of new and sustainable models of partnerships that support professional learning in secondary school mathematics with the involvement of Higher Education. The focus is on improving students’ problem-solving capabilities in mathematics.
The project will build on the outcomes of a Bowland Maths funded pilot that explored the use of Japanese lesson study principles to consider the teaching of mathematical problem solving.

The project will draw on the support of NCETM and its work will be guided by an advisory group.
Below there are links to further information about important aspects of the project.
Further details can be obtained from the project administrator: