Lesson Study in Introductory Biology Courses. Scott Cooper, Roger Haro, and Bill Cerbin University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, USA. What is Lesson Study?. Lesson study is a process developed in Japan, in which a group of teachers jointly design , teach , observe , analyze , & revise
Scott Cooper, Roger Haro, and Bill Cerbin
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, USA
Lesson study is a process developed in Japan, in which a group of teachers jointly
a single class lesson, called a Research Lesson.
Re-teach, Study &
Design & Plan
Analyze Evidence &
of Student Learning
UW-StoutLesson Study Teams in the UW-System
Survey students before and after unit with questions about their understanding of how evolution works.
Will not ask if they believe in evolution, just if they understand it.
Ecology – (2005)
Students analyze data on temperature and precipitation and build ecological models to explain any trends.
These models are then tested by examining data from other sites.Biology lessons under development
Students are assigned one of the 63 mutations that cause phenylketonuria and have to explain how that specific mutation could cause the disease.
Cells – (2005)
Students analyze data on how specific mutations in a gene in mice lead to susceptibility to ecstasy.
Similar mutations in humans have been linked to deaths in people using the drug.Biology lessons under development
Clot in Coronary Artery
Malaria kills 2-3 million humans
annually (90% of malaria deaths are in Subsaharan Africa)
Caused by Plasmodium parasite and transmitted by mosquito
Affects primarily children under age of five and pregnant women
(Malaria kills an African child every 30 sec)
Life Expectancy for Tanzania, France, and United States & Effects of Curing Malaria and Heart Disease
Source: US Census Bureau
Males: 133 per 1000
Females: 60 per 1000
Curing Heart Disease
Source: US Census Bureau, World Health Organization
Difficulty sympathizing with the malaria victims.
Tuned out when the environment and consumption were discussed.
Link between variables and population or environment were not clearly stated.
Included more pictures of children with malaria.
Decreased number of slides on consumption, and had students do research themselves.
Required statement of impact on slides students turned in.Results
Project homepage: www.uwlax.edu/sotl/lsp
Project Blog: http://lessonstudy.blogs.com/
Sample Lesson Studies: http://www.cfkeep.org/html/gallery.php?id=75749626546865
Contact: Bill Cerbin, firstname.lastname@example.org