Jean Lang



College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Discipline: Education
Department: Graduate School of Education
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Research and Professional Learning

Following a 43-year career as a teacher, headteacher and system leader, I formally retired in August 2017 to concentrate on educational research. I enrolled as a part time distance student on the Educational Research MSc at Exeter in 2018 and completed this degree successfully in 2020, gaining a distinction and the Dean’s Commendation for Exceptional Performance. My Dissertation focussed on features needed to develop and sustain Lesson Study, a form of professional development and learning which I have promoted nationally and internationally for the past decade. In January 2021 I registered for a MPhil, upgrading to a PhD in October 2021 as a distance learner. I hope to successfully complete my doctoral studies in January 2024.

Alongside my academic studies, I am Vice Chair of Governors of a collaborative group of four small schools in North Yorkshire and have been a member of the Council of the World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS) since 2012, becoming Honorary General Secretary from 2017 to 2021 and currently continuing as a member of the Executive Council. My WALS duties have included being a member of the central organisation team for annual conferences and leading on aspects of communication.


Journal Articles

Dudley, P., Pratt, M., Gilbert, C., Abbey, J., Lang, J. and Bruckdorfer, H. (2020) Cross-school 'close-to-practice' action research, system leadership and local civic governance, re-engineering an inner city learning community. UCL IoE London Review of Education. 

Dudley, P., Xu, H., & Lang, J. (2019) Empirical evidence of the impact of lesson study on: students’ achievement, teachers’ professional learning and on institutional and system evolution: an illustrative, complex case-development exemplar in London. European Journal of Education. *Awarded 'Star Article 2019' by the European Journal of Education.

Huang, R., Helgevold, N., Lang, J (2021)  Digital technologies, online learning and lesson study.  International Journal of Lesson and Learning Studies.

Chapters in books

Dudley, P. and Lang, J. (2021) How case pupils, pupil interviews and sequenced research lessons can strengthen teacher insights in how to improve learning for all pupils, in Stepping Up Lesson Study, Aki Murata & Christine Lee, (Eds). WALS-Routledge, Abingdon.