The Developmental Process of Japanese Elementary School Teachers Associated with Teaching English while Engaged in Lesson Study

  • Akiko KAMBARU / 2019.2
  • JPY 5,900 / A4 size, softcover, 210 pages
  • bookdesign: Toshinobu NAGATA

This book analyzes the current situation of English language education in elementary school about in-service and pre-service teachers using the method of lesson study and qualitative approach. This presents new teaching methods and attitudes for implementation of English education based on each pedagogical and English experience.
(ISBN 9784861106347)

Table of contents 

Chapter 1 Introduction
1.1 Motivation of this study
1.2 Purpose of this study
1.3 Outline of this study
1.4 Summary of chapter
Chapter 2 Literature review
2.1 Research on teaching English in elementary schools
2.2 Research on teachers’ thinking in professional development
2.3 Research on lesson study
2.4 Methodological perspectives and paradigms
2.5 Summary of chapter
Chapter 3 Methodology
3.1 Modified grounded theory approach (M-GTA)
3.2 Analysis procedure of M-GTA
3.3 Validity and reliability
3.4 Summary of chapter
Chapter 4 Study on pre-service teachers
4.1 About the school
4.2 Participants
4.3 The teaching practicum schedule
4.4 Data collection and analysis
4.5 Results and discussion
4.6 Summary of chapter
Chapter 5 Preliminary study on in-service teachers
5.1 About the school
5.2 Procedures of the school-based lesson study
5.3 Research lesson and post-lesson discussion
5.4 Findings
5.5 Summary of chapter
Chapter 6 Study on in-service teachers
6.1 About the school
6.2 Participants
6.3 Procedures of the school-based lesson study
6.4 In-service teachers’ views on teaching English
6.5 Descriptions of lesson study cycles in this school
6.6 The developmental process of in-service teachers
6.7 Summary of chapter
Chapter 7 Discussion
7.1 Developmental process of pre-service teachers (research question 1)
7.2 In-service teachers’ views on teaching English (research question 2)
7.3 Developmental process of in-service teachers (research question 3)
7.4 In-service teachers compared with pre-service teachers
7.5 Additional findings from this study
7.6 Summary of chapter
Chapter 8 Conclusion
8.1 Summary of the study
8.2 Theoretical implications
8.3 Pedagogical implications
8.4 Contributions of the study
8.5 Limitations of the study and directions for future study
8.6 Concluding statement



Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education at Tsuru University in Japan. She has 23 years of teaching experience at elementary schools in Japan and the United States, and has been an instructor for teachers. Her major is teaching English to Japanese children. Some of her achievements are below:
Kambaru, A. (2017). Elementary school teachers’ developmental process associated with teaching English in school-based lesson study. JASTEC Journal, 37, 103-118.
Kambaru, A. (2017). Jugyokatei to gakushushidoan no tsukurikata [Lesson procedure and how to make lesson plans]. In T. Higuchi, T. Kagata, E. Izumi, and T. Kinugasa (Eds.), Shinpen shogakko eigokyoikuho nyumon [A primer of Elementary school English education, new edition] (pp. 178-184). Tokyo: Kenkyusha.
Kambaru, A. (2007). Gakkoseikatsu no arayurubamende eigo wo tsukau kankyo wo tsukuru shogakkogakkyutannin no kokoromi [A challenge of an elementary school teacher to make an English environment in school]. Dai 56 kai Yomiuri kyoikusho saiyushushojyushosha rombunshu [56th Collection of papers of the highest award winner of Yomiuri education prize], 103-114.

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