WELCOME MESSAGEThe World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS) will host its 9th Annual InternationalConference at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, from September 6-9, 2013. This is the firsttime the conference will be held outside Asia. It is a great honour to invite delegates from Asiaas well as other parts of the world to Europe. Our aim is to bring together teachers andresearchers from all over the world to share their knowledge and experience of practice-basedresearch on Lesson and Learning Study in the classroom.WALS was founded at the Hong Kong Institute of Education by Lo Mun Ling, who at the timewas working closely with Professor Emeritus Ference Marton, a visiting professor at Hong KongUniversity. Thanks to the fact that Ference Marton has been working at the University ofGothenburg since the 1970s, Gothenburg has become the centre for Lesson and Learning Studyresearch in Sweden. From the very beginning, the University of Gothenburg has collaboratedclosely with researchers in Asia in this field.The concept “Lesson and Learning Study” has become increasingly familiar in Europe in recentyears. The 2013 conference gives teachers and researchers an excellent opportunity to discuss
common issues relating to teaching and learning across cultural boundaries. Teachers andresearchers in the Lesson and Learning Study field have acquired considerable experience sinceLesson and Learning Study was initiated many decades ago. They have also broadened theirinterest to include other kinds of lesson and learning studies that have been conducted invarious European countries such as Sweden, Great Britain and Germany, to mention but a few.We cordially invite researchers and practitioners working in the school environment and fromdifferent parts of the world to join us for the WALS 2013 conference. As this is the first time theconference will be conducted in Europe, we very much hope that participants from Asia willattend and present their work. We also welcome researchers from other parts of the world whoare willing to share their interpretation of Lesson and Learning Study and how the field isunderstood in their own particular cultural context.We are proud to announce that Professor Xiangming Chen, Professor John Elliott, ProfessorIngrid Pramling-Samuelsson, Professor Ference Marton and Professor Ulla Runesson haveaccepted our invitation as keynote speakers so far.We hope you will also find our plenary sessions interesting as they are collaboratively organisedby researchers, teacher educators and school leaders drawn from the Lesson and LearningStudy field. The sessions will focus on topics of relevance for learning at school but also coversuch areas as special education, pre-school, large-scale educational development as well asLesson and Learning study as model for national school development. There will also beopportunities to visit Swedish schools during the final day of the conference.It is our sincere hope that you will join us at the WALS 2013 conference. We bid you a warmwelcome to Gothenburg and to Sweden.Associate Professor Mona Holmqvist Olander, ChairpersonWALS 2013 Organizing CommitteeUniversity of Gothenburg, SwedenIMPORTANT DATES1 March 2013Strict deadline for submission of proposals andabstracts12 April 2013Notification of acceptance/rejectionThe ‘Early Bird’ registration starts14 June 2013Deadline for the ‘Early Bird’ registration and payment
31 July 2013Final deadline for registration and payment15 August 2013Publication of the online programCALL FOR PROPOSALSThe committee for WALS2013 invites submission of proposals related to this year’s conferencetheme “Lesson and Learning Study as teacher research”. The strands for WALS2013 are:• Teacher Professional Development• Action Research• Pedagogies and Teaching Strategies• Designing for Learning with Quality in Specific Subjects• Research on Lessons in Different Cultures• Issues about Leading Lesson and Learning Study• Learning Communities for School Reform• Developing Communities of Practices• Creating Knowledge in Practice• Student Learning and Development• Lesson and Learning Study in Pre-School• Lesson and Learning Study in Special Educational settingsTypes of SessionsPresenters have a choice of 4 types of sessions1) Paper presentations (30 minutes)Research papers and case studies are welcomed for this category of presentation. There will be3 paper presentations for each parallel session. Each paper will be allocated with 20 minutes ofpresentation time and 10 minutes of Q&A. The following types of papers are encouraged forsubmissions:a) Research PapersCompleted research papers in any of the strands listed above or related areas.b) Student PapersResearch done by students in any of the strands listed above or related areas.c) Case StudiesCase studies in any of the strands listed above or related areas.d) Work-in-Progress Reports or Proposals for Future ResearchIncomplete research or ideas for future research in order to generate discussion and feedback inany of the strands listed above or related areas.
e) Reports on Issues Related to TeachingReports related to innovative instruction techniques or research related to teaching in any ofthe strands listed above or related areas.2) Symposium presentations (1.5 hours)Participants are welcomed to organize symposiums consisting of papers on related topics. 90minutes are allocated for each symposium. It is common practice for 3 inter-related paperpresentations to be grouped together for a symposium. Symposium organizers are advised toelect a chairperson as well as a discussant for their symposium.Examples of Symposiums1) Researchers from the same field may wish to collaborate to organize a symposium consistingof 3 research papers which covers inter-related topics.2) A school may be interested to organize a symposium consisting of 3 presentations fromschool leaders’ perspectives or teachers’ case studies.3) Teachers may wish to collaborate across schools to present case studies of similar subjects orfocus.3) Workshops: 1.5 hoursWorkshops are informative, interesting and interactive sessions and may be targeted at thegeneral conference populace or designed for specific target groups (teachers, school leaders,educators, researchers). Workshops are 3 hours in length and may consist of hands-on activities,demonstration, and/or discussion. We welcome workshops in the field of the conferencesstrands above.4) Poster presentation: 1.5 hoursPosters may include reports of ongoing research or case studies of professional practices .Research reports should clearly include the research topic, the research question(s), methods ofdata collection, data analysis and preliminary research findings. Posters of good practices shouldinclude relevant information such as the background of the school, the context of the casestudy, data analysis (where applicable) and findings/recommendations. Presenters areencouraged to prudently use texts and graphics in the layout of their posters.Audio Visual and Technological SupportEach room will be equipped with a computer, an overhead projector and a whiteboard. Thecomputers at the conference will be able to support Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe Reader.Presenters are advised to save your presentation document(s) in a thumb drive and transfer thefile(s) to the local computers prior to the start of your presentation. To facilitate the smoothrunning of the conference programme, the use of personal laptops is discouraged. Requests forany additional technological equipment may be made in the online registration form.Language of PresentationEnglish.
Submission of AbstractsEach abstract should not exceed 350 words. Submit your abstract at www.walsnet.org.Review CriteriaPaper/Symposium/Poster Proposals• Clarity of aim/formulation/conceptualization• Quality of writing and organisation• Relevance of research topic for this conference• For symposiums, a critical criterion is whether individual presentations are sufficiently inter-related.Workshop Proposals• Appropriateness of topic• Clarity of aim and design• Presence of interactivity element• Relevance to practiceConference RegistrationEarly Bird Registration opens 12 April and closes on 14 June 2013.Conference registration closes on 31 July 2013.Note: All presenters and co-presenters must register and pay to attend the conference.Membership RegistrationIf you are unable to attend WALS2013 but would like to join the World Association of LessonStudies (WALS) as a member, apply for membership at www.walsnet.org. Members of WALS willreceive access to full papers from past WALS conferences and online access to the InternationalJournal for Lesson and Learning Studies (IJLLS).CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEESWALS2013 conference registration comes with a 2013 annual membership to WALS.Membership includes the online access to the International Journal for Lesson and LearningStudies (IJLLS).Memberships are entered on a calendar year basis (January-December). If youregister after Jan 1, 2013, you will be able to access all back issues from January 2013 until themonth you registered.Conference fees depend on student status, and early vs. regular registration dates.
Early Bird Rate Regular Rate (ends on 14 June 2013) (15 June to 31 July 2013)Regular Registration 2 500 SEK 3 000 SEKStudent 1 700 SEK 2 000 SEK- Conference registration will include access to all conference sessions, conference materials,morning tea+lunch+afternoon tea on Day 1 and Day 2, and morning tea on Day 3.- Student Rate: To qualify for the student rate you must be a FULL TIME student at the time ofthe conference and a student ID is required for verification upon collection of name badge atthe conference.SOCIAL EVENT AND EDUCATIONAL TRIP FEES FeesSocial Function (optional) 400 SEKSchool Visit (optional) 400 SEK- The Social Dinner will be held on Day 2 (7 September 2013)- The School Visits will be held on Day 4 (9 September 2013).