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WALS 2013 Firts Announcement


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WALS 2013 Firts Announcement

  1. 1. The aim of World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS) is to promote and advance the research and practicesfocused on Lesson and Learning Studies in order to improve the quality of teaching and learning. Lesson andLearning Study is a teaching improvement process and a tool for professional learning which is practiced in manycountries around the world. WALS annual conferences are open to researchers, school leaders and teachers toshare their experience and practice of Lesson and Learning Studies. Lesson Study (or kenkyu jugyo) has its origins inJapanese elementary education, where it is a common model for professional development. Teachers in smallgroups discuss learning goals, plan lessons, observe, analyses and share their findings with other teachers. It is aniterative process and the results of the first lesson are the starting point for the improvements of design in thesecond lesson and so on. Learning Study is a kind of Lesson Study, with strong focus on the content and based on atheoretical framework about learning. Lesson and Learning Study are also used as methods for researcher, in thefield of action research and in collaboration with teams of teachers, to further study learning in practice. WALS willhost its 9th Annual International Conference at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in September 6-9, 2013. Thisis the first time the conference will be held outside Asia. It is a great honour to invite delegates from all around theworld to Europe, to further develop Lesson and Learning Study as teacher research. See more information atwww.walsnet.orgAssociate 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 payment31 July 2013Final deadline for registration and payment15 August 2013Publication of the online program