Successful transposition of lesson study: A knowledge management perspective

Chi Keung Eric CHENG

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This book analyses the organisation cultures that promote Japanese Lesson Study, identifies the soul of lesson study, which is missing in other cultures, and discusses the conditions for successfully transplanting the Lesson Study to other cultures. Adopting Nonaka and Tateuchi's (1995) SECI knowledge creation model as the analytical lens, it explores the tacit and explicit knowledge convention and creation processes in lesson study. Unpacking the mechanism of the knowledge management process and practices could assist policy makers and school administrators, educators in contextualising lesson study to their school systems. The book provides an accessible discussion of the benefits and challenges of introducing lesson study, and presents three new research dimensions to analyse it: reviewing the historical development of lesson study in terms of the pendulum swings between professional accountability and state accountability in developing the school-based curriculum and the national curriculum; examining lesson study as a knowledge management tool for creating pedagogical knowledge for curriculum implementation: and studying the "kaizen kata" embedded in the PDCA cycles of lesson study as an organization routine for school improvement. Copyright © 2019 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSingagore
ISBN (Print)9789811324710, 9811324719
Publication statusPublished - 2019


Cheng, E. C. K. (2019). Successful transposition of lesson study: A knowledge management perspective. Singapore: Springer.


  • Lesson study
  • Knowledge management
  • Curriculum management
  • Action research
  • Learning study
  • SECI model
  • Teachers -- Training of -- Japan
  • Teachers -- Training of -- Cross-cultural studies


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