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Akihiko Takahashi

Akihiko Takahashi, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at DePaul University, where he teaches mathematics and mathematics education. Prior to come to the US he was a teacher in Japan before becoming an educator of mathematics teachers. During his teaching career in Japan, he was nationally active in mathematics lesson study, teaching public research lessons and articles on topics including students' mathematical problem-solving and reflective mathematics journals. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is one of only a few educators in the U.S. with more than twenty years of first-hand experience with Lesson Study in mathematics education. As a result, he has been recognized as one of the world leaders of Lesson Study research and practice since the beginning of the Lesson Study movement in North America. He had the privilege in working with most of the major Lesson Study projects in twelve U.S. states, as well as in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United Kingdom, helping enthusiastic educators and researchers learn about Lesson Study and develop Lesson Study communities. In Chicago, he has used Lesson Study to introduce reform mathematics teaching to prospective and practicing teachers. Immediately after he moved to Chicago in 2002, he started a Lesson Study project with three elementary school teachers. This project, which became known as the Chicago Lesson Study Group, has established a reputation among the Lesson Study researchers and educators in North America as a model of cross-school Lesson Study in an urban setting. The group’s reputation attracts many researchers and educators who are interested not only in Lesson Study but also in mathematics education. This reputation extends to some other countries such as Singapore and Thailand where researchers and educators have become interested in employing Lesson Study to improve their teaching and learning of mathematics. He has published over 80 journal articles and book chapters in English and Japanese and given over 50 presentations and keynote at conferences and workshops in 18 countries.

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