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Planning for Learning: Collaborative Approaches to Lesson Design and Review


reviewed by Jeffrey P. Carpenter April 23, 2007

coverTitle: Planning for Learning: Collaborative Approaches to Lesson Design and Review
Author(s): Mary Renck Jalongo, Sue A. Reig, Valeri R. Helterbran
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 080774736X, Pages: 176, Year: 2006
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It’s been more than thirty years since Dan Lortie’s Schoolteacher: A Sociological Study (1975) noted teacher isolation as a major obstacle to improvement in American schools. In the interim, a tidal wave of teacher collaboration has not swept the educational landscape. Most teachers still generally plan, implement, and evaluate their lessons individually. Nevertheless, some progress toward reducing teacher isolation has been made. With their book, Planning for Learning: Collaborative Approaches to Lesson Design and Review, Mary Renck Jalongo, Sue A. Reig, and Valeri R. Helterbran make an important contribution to the literature on teacher collaboration. Jalongo, Reig, and Helterbran, former public school teachers and current education professors, intended to write a book focused on lesson study, a collaborative professional development model developed in Japan. This purpose gave way to the authors’ emergent belief that a broader discussion of lesson planning was necessary and would be more practical for American teachers. Accordingly,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 23, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14355, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 8:48:14 PM

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  • Jeffrey Carpenter
    University of Virginia, Curry School of Education
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    JEFFREY P. CARPENTER is a doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education. His research interests include teacher education, professional development, and teachers as researchers. He spent eight years teaching in public and private schools in the United States, Japan, and Honduras, and currently teaches classes in the UVA teacher education program.
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