Lesson study for learning community (LSLC): conceptualising teachers' practices within a social justice perspective

Eisuke Saito, Matthew Atencio

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Under neo-liberal policies in many countries, there has been an extensive trend of educational reform which intensifies competition. Such educational reform is underpinned by direct government control, seen in centre to periphery forms of policy administration and implementation with strong emphasis on managerialism and test-oriented accountability models. There are critical views and opinions about such neo-liberal reforms, but a need still exists to discuss ways forward to protect the equality and right of teachers and student learners in schooling. This essay accordingly aims to discuss how the lesson study for learning community (LSLC) approach of school reform from Japan might signal a practical shift in emphasis away from competitive models of schooling fostered by school reform movements. The aim of this study is to discuss the philosophical underpinnings of LSLC, with particular emphasis on its social justice nature, particularly in reference to criticisms against neoliberal reform agendas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)795-807
Number of pages13
JournalDiscourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • lesson study for learning community
  • social justice
  • local uniqueness
  • school reform
  • neo-liberalism
  • teacher
  • professional development

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