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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I am joined by Professor Akihiko Takahashi from the College of Education at De Paul University who talks about the teaching of mathematics, about Lesson Study as a form of professional development for teachers and other matters. I spoke with Professor Takahashi after he addressed an event hosted by the UCD Japan Group. Among the items we discussed were the following:

  • Why learn mathematics?
  • How do children learn to solve problems?
  • What is lesson study?
  • Why in Japan lunch is considered to be an opportunity for teaching
  • How lesson study helps teachers to grow
  • Why collaboration is the foundation to being an effective teacher
  • Why live classroom observation is better than observing teaching on video
  • How the Japanese learn from other cultures
  • Are teachers born or made?
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