The World Association of Lesson Studies International Conference 2007

27 November - 1 December 2007

The Hong Kong Institute of Education, HKSAR

Dear Colleagues,

We cordially invite you to join us at the World Association of Lesson Studies International Conference 2007 (WALS 07).

The World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS) is an association among educational researchers and teaching professionals from various countries in the world who are dedicated to educational research that focuses directly on improving the quality of learning in classrooms and other formal learning environments through pedagogical experiments or action research.

Over the past decades, innovative pedagogical attempts have been developed in different parts of the world. Amongst such, Lesson Study has been successful and effective in enhancing teaching and learning as well as facilitating teachers’ professional development and development of schools as learning communities. The first and second annual conferences on Learning Study were organized by The Hong Kong Institute of Education in 2005 and 2006. It brought together educators and teachers from China, Japan, Singapore, the US, the UK, Sweden, Iran and Hungary to share their experience and practice in Lesson Studies. The events have provided a useful and convivial platform to discuss issues pertaining to teaching and learning.

WALS (The World Association of Lesson Studies) was established against this background in 2006, to support professional development of members and advancement of Lesson/ Learning Study by sharing knowledge, resources and pedagogical development generated through practices undertaken by various members.

As the Conference organizers, we would like to openly invite academics and teachers from various countries and regions to join this grand event - WALS 07. It will surely provide a unique opportunity and an international educational arena where teaching practitioners and academics can share their findings and build up network for further exchanges.

Look forward to seeing you at WALS 07.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. KO Po Yuk

Chairperson of the Organizing Committee of the Conference