Project Aims


LeMaPS is a two-year Nuffield funded project aiming to develop and support 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.

There are two main areas of activity in the project:

Research

The project will address the following questions:
1. How can models of professional learning for secondary school teachers, based on lesson study, be developed and sustained within current and changing systems and structures of school governance and funding mechanisms?
2. What supporting tools would help collaborative partnerships to implement lesson study for mathematical problem solving in effective ways that are both sustainable and scalable?

Development

The project will build and develop, through formative, iterative cycles of design and improvement:
• New lesson study partnerships that exemplify a range of different effective models of operation;
• A core network of expertise ready to support emerging new partnerships;
• A toolkit of resources that will support: (i) the key players in initiating, organising and sustaining professional learning communities (ii) participants in lesson study.
The project takes a distinctive view of lesson study that is a core feature of its implementation in Japan: lesson study should be embedded in a culture of teacher research and should have the support of mathematics education expertise, typically found in universities. The lesson study model at the core of the project is, therefore, one that brings a formality to, and consequently expands and enhances, existing models that are based on teachers’ peer observation and reflection.