Lesson Study Seminar Facilitated by Japanese Experts
On October 1st, 2014, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education, Universiti Brunei Darussalam collaborated with Department of Schools, Ministry of Education to hold a one-day seminar on “Lesson Study” in Chancellor Hall, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. The event was also sponsored by Embassy of Japan and Brunei Association of Japan Alumni (BAJA). The seminar was facilitated by three Japanese academicians who are well versed in Lesson Study processes. Lesson Study is a teacher-driven, school-based professional development. It has been practiced and became a part of Japanese teachers’ and educators’ school culture.
The seminar, in conjunction with the 100 years formal education in Brunei Darussalam, was officiated by the Guest of Honour, Dr. Haji Junaidi bin Haji Abdul Rahman. In his speech, he highlighted the need for teachers to develop professional learning communities and to make use of the opportunities that Lesson Study practice present to achieve that goal. One of the key points in Lesson Study practice is the need for teachers to collaboratively observe and examine students’ learning processes in class. Present at the seminar was also Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Brunei Darussalam, Ms Noriko Iki as special guest to commemorate 30 years of Brunei and Japan diplomatic relationship. She expressed that Brunei and Japan relationship has extended to education where Brunei has adopted the Japan’s teacher professional development practice that has been around in Japan for more than 100 years.
The guests were presented with a keynote address by Professor Masami Matoba, from Tokaigakuen University, Japan. His presentation was titled “Designing Teaching through Evidence-based Lesson Study: Lesson Analysis for Sustainable Lesson Study”. In the afternoon, about 120 participants, consist of school leaders, head mentors and teachers implementers underwent respective parallel workshops conducted by Professor Masami Matoba, Associate Professor Yoshiaki Shibata and Associate Professor Hiroyuki Kuno, both from Nagoya University, Japan. The groups discussed on the learning and teaching aspects that they have to highlight in observing a classroom lesson.