LeMaPS: Lessons for Mathematical Problem Solving

Temporary website

Unfortunately, the full LeMaPS website and toolkit are currently unavailable following the closure of Wikispaces. In the meantime, you can find more information at:

If you are already aware of the project and wish to access the videos and presentations created by the project, go to video.lemaps.org.uk, however there is currently little or no background information there.

Project Description

The project builds on the work of a pilot project that took place during the academic year 2012/13, with funding from the Bowland Charitable Trust (see www.bowlandmaths.org.uk/lessonstudy/). This investigated the potential of Japanese lesson study to support the professional learning of mathematics teachers and was carried out in collaboration with the IMPULS group at Tokyo Gakugei University.

The project involved two clusters of schools: one of four schools in the Midlands and another of five schools in London, working in collaboration with two HEIs (University of Nottingham and King's College, London). Over the course of the project, about 30 research lessons based on Bowland mathematics materials were taught, observed and discussed altogether.

The main outcomes of this project were:

Further, the potential of high-quality lesson study practices to provide effective professional development for mathematics teachers in an increasingly important and demanding mathematical activity was recognised by the teachers and researchers, and there was a desire to continue and expand on what had been learnt and done.