Investigating Teacher Adoption of Authentic Pedagogy Through Lesson Study

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Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education




© 2020, © 2020 College and University Faculty Assembly of National Council for the Social Studies. In this article, we investigated the level of transfer of authentic pedagogy among 12 classroom teachers after participating in a three-year professional development project using scaffolded lesson study. We met with teachers for 2 weeks each summer and provided historian-led content sessions and teacher educator facilitated model pedagogy sessions featuring authentic pedagogy in the first week. In the second week, grade level teams, including classroom teachers, a teacher educator, and a historian, collaboratively developed lessons on a societal issue facing people of the time period being studied. During the academic year, we used the cyclical lesson study cycle of observing, critiquing, and revising the lesson twice before posting the final version of the lesson to a project website. Our findings indicate that 4 of the 12 research participants improved their scores on demanding rubrics of authentic pedagogy, significantly indicating strong potential for scaffolded lesson study as a professional development format that holds potential for lasting instructional change.

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Theory and Research in Social Education

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