World Association for Lesson Study WALS International Conferences
The conference brought together about 1200 delegates from 25 countries across the globe. The largest contingent was from Singapore, followed by Sweden, Japan and Indonesia. For the first time ever, WALS had representatives from 8 new countries: Bahrain, Ghana, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, South Africa and Uzbekistan. The programme included 3 keynote addresses, 6 plenary sessions, 238 papers, 19 symposia, 9 workshops, 41 posters and school visits. The organizing committee was warmly thanked for providing an excellent conference.
This year the WALS conference chaired by Associate Professor Mona Holmqvist, held in Gothenburg between 6 – 9 September, has attracted more than 600 delegates from 29 countries. It is a significant WALS conference because it is the first to be held outside East Asia. The theme, “Learning and Lesson Study as Teacher Research” is being explored through 5 keynotes addresses, plenary sessions, symposia, workshops, poster exhibits and culminates in school visits.
This conference, chaired by Dr Sumar Hendayana, will be held at the Indonesia University of Education in Bandung from November 25 – 28 2014. The theme is “Becoming Reflective Educators and Professionals of Learning”. This conference has received support from the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The first call for papers will go out on 30 November 2013.