The SAGE Handbook of School Organization presents a substantial review of the history, current status and future prospects of the field of school organization. Bringing together chapters exploring key issues, important debates and points of tension, the Handbook highlights the dynamics and interplay of the political, social, historical and cultural contexts of the field. This volume is designed to provide a much-needed critically informed and coherent account of the field, against a backdrop of increasing complexity in which schooling as an institution and schools as organizations operate. Part I: Schools as organizations; Part II: The leadership, management and governance of schools as organizations; Part III: Theoretical perspectives on schools as organizations; Part IV: Organizing in schools; and Part V: Researching schools as organizations.
Chapter 27: Lesson Study: Curriculum Management for 21st-century Skills
[Page 447]The rapid expansion of knowledge, and ways of acquiring knowledge, are influencing the school curriculum dramatically. We educate for the benefit of the individual, but societies also require educators to develop a knowledgeable workforce to support their economies. To this end, curriculum reforms have been proposed and implemented in many countries. One area receiving ever-increasing emphasis is the development of 21st-century skills to help students not only succeed in their school education but also become a productive part of the workforce. In today's world, students need to develop complex problem-solving abilities as well as master how ...