Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lesson Study and Project Approach

What is the difference between Lesson Study and Project Approach (Lilian Katz)?

Kindergarten Educator in Singapore

"A project is an in-depth investigation of a topic worth learning more about. The investigation is usually undertaken by a small group of children within a class, sometimes by a whole class, and occasionally by an individual child. The key feature of a project is that it is a research effort deliberately focused on finding answers to questions about a topic posed either by the children, the teacher, or the teacher working with the children. The goal of a project is to learn more about the topic rather than to seek right answers to questions posed by the teacher."

This is taken from http://ceep.crc.uiuc.edu/eecearchive/digests/1994/lk-pro94.html

For example, students may learn about founding fathers in class. Some of them (or the whole class or one child) may become interested to learn more about Lee Kuan Yew. They may do internet research or read relevant books appropriate for their age or ask their parents questions about Lee Kuan Yew. They may pose questions that they can ask Mr Lee should they actually get to meet Lee Kuan Yew. This is an example of the Porject Approach that many eary childhood educators are familiar with - thanks to Katz. It is a teaching and learning strategy.

Lesson Study is a professional development activity where teachers 'study' lessons by discussing a lesson plan, by observing students and talking about what they see and so on.

As you can see it is possible to do Lesson Study on different teaching and learning strategies including the Project Approach.

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