About WALS

The World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS) can be traced back to the Centre for the development of learning-study and School Partnership (CLASP), established at HKIEd with Lo Mun Ling as Director. With ample funding from various projects, the Centre was able to bring in consultants like Ference Marton, Colin Marsh and John Elliott, who provided great support for the work of the Centre. To gain deeper understanding of lesson study, CLASP hosted a series of International Conferences on learning studies starting from 2005. Scholars and researchers from Japan and other countries who practiced learning study or lesson study were invited to share their practice and insights with the Hong Kong team. WALS was formally founded in 2006 at the second International Conference of learning study in HKIED after the expert seminar.  

WALS aims to promote and advance the research and practices focused on Lesson Studies in order to improve the quality of teaching and learning. It provides a platform for research collaboration, mutual assistance and information exchange among its members. It is made up of educational researchers and teaching professionals committed to the improvement of the quality of learning.

Lesson Study as a tool for professional learning is now practised in many countries and it has helped schools around the world develop into learning communities. Our annual conferences bring together researchers, school leaders and teachers from various countries to share their experience and practice of lesson studies. They also provide opportunities for participants to discuss current and enduring issues pertaining to teaching, learning and research on Lesson Study.

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Important Dates

  • Thursday 22 Nov. , 14:00-20:00
    Registration (Early Check-in)
  • November 23-26, 2018
    WALS Annual International Conference
  • December 30, 2017
    First Round of Call for Proposals
  • March 1 - June 30, 2018
    Proposal Submission (tentative)
  • March 31, 2018
    Second Round of Call for Proposals
  • May 1 - September 9, 2018
    Early-bird Registration
  • August 24, 2018
    Review Result Announcement
  • September 1 - December 31, 2018
    Presenters may submit full papers/presentations for publication on the Post Conference section of the WALS website if you wish.
  • September 10 - October 31, 2018
    Regular Registration