A Case of Lesson Study in South Africa

  • Jill AdlerEmail author
  • Jehad Alshwaikh
Part of the Advances in Mathematics Education book series (AME)


The Wits Maths Connect Secondary Project, a research-linked professional development project, included Lesson Study with teachers in school clusters. When two teachers shared their experiences of doing Lesson Study, they spoke spontaneously about how much they had learned about choosing and using examples in their teaching. Exemplification is a key element of the mathematics teaching framework developed in the project to support planning and reflection in our Lesson Study work. The teachers’ reflection suggested that working on examples had been enabling and empowering. We zoom in on one Lesson Study cycle with the same teachers to give meaning to what, how and why we work with examples in the way that we do and how our LS practices provide a supportive context for this work. Through this we build a case for a focus on exemplification when studying and working on mathematics teaching and for support at a more general level for theoretically informed Lesson Study.


Lesson Study Mathematics Secondary Exemplification South Africa 



This work is based on the research supported by the South African Research Chairs Initiative of the Department of Science and Technology and National Research Foundation (Grant No. 71218). Any opinion, finding and conclusion or recommendation expressed in this material is that of the author(s), and the NRF does not accept any liability in this regard.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wits Maths Connect Secondary Project (WMCS), School of EducationUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationBirzeit UniversityBirzeitPalestine
  3. 3.Wits Maths Connect Secondary ProjectUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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