Teaching Multiplication with Lesson Study: Japanese and Ibero-American Theories for International Mathematics Education

Masami Isoda, Raimundo Olfos

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This open access book is intended to assist teachers, teacher trainers, curriculum designers, editors and authors of textbooks in developing strategies to teach the multiplication of natural numbers based on the experience of the Lesson Study in Japan. This approach to mathematics education dates back to the 1870s and reconciles the emphasis on problem solving with the treatment of the curricular contents. It has gained international recognition since the 1990s and thanks to it mathematics education in Japan has been recognized as one of the most efficient and innovative in the world. This growing international awareness has led to an effort to apply the principles of Lesson Study to other parts of the world and this book shows how experienced authors from Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Spain and Portugal have worked to adapt some of these methods and techniques to the Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries of Ibero-America. Drawing on the impact of Lesson Study on government curriculum decisions and teacher behavior in Japanese classrooms; offering examples of lessons, lesson plans and suggestions for teaching; and presenting examples of the good reception of the principles of Lesson Study in Ibero-America, Teaching Multiplication with Lesson Study - Japanese and Ibero-American Theories for Mathematics Education shows how an efficient and cutting-edge experience in mathematics education can travel the world and help teachers in many different countries.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages296
ISBN (Electronic)9783030285616
ISBN (Print)9783030285609
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • Algorithms to multiply
  • Comparative education
  • Curriculum
  • Elementary school education
  • Ethnomathematics
  • Instructional activities and practices
  • Learning to multiply
  • Lesson study
  • Mathematics education in japan
  • Mathematics education in latin america
  • Mathematics teacher education
  • Mathematics textbooks
  • Multiplication facts
  • Multiplication properties
  • Multiply by zero
  • Open access
  • Problem solving
  • Teaching multiplication
  • Vertical multiplication


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