UNIVERSITI Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and the Ministry of Education (MoE), Brunei Darussalam is currently holding a “Lesson Study Seminar” which will end today (October 2). About two hundred educators are participating in the seminar and joining the lesson study practices in three primary schools, a press release stated.
Some of the activities of the four-day seminar includes a courtesy visit to MoE and a discussion session at UBD, observation and consultation of lesson study practices at the primary schools, school visits in Kampong Ayer and sharing session at UBD.
The purpose of the Lesson Study seminar are to learn the mechanisms as well as history of Lesson Study and examine how to implement it in a real school setting while covering many subjects and to get hands-on experience, taking examples both from Brunei and Japan.
Lesson Study originally started in Japan more than 100 years ago – during the Meiji Restoration; a period of modernisation. In Lesson Study, teachers visit their peers’ actual classrooms to observe, analyse and discuss their teaching style with the aim of providing better teaching.
Lesson Study has played a crucial role in maintaining the education level in Japan, and due to its effectiveness, other countries -no matter their development level- are also trying to incorporate Lesson Study into their education system.
For example, a group named “Lesson Study UK” has been formed among educational professionals in the UK and publish their own articles, while people in “Lesson Study Research Group of Teachers College, Columbia University, the United States,” try to explore how Lesson Study can be adapted for the US educational context.
Additionally, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) uses Lesson Study as its scheme to enhance the education level in developing countries, such as Mongolia and the Republic of Zambia.