WALS 2015: Lesson study for improvement of classroom quality :: First call for papers: 15 December 2014 :: Deadline for abstract submission: 31 May 2015


Presenters have a choice of 4 types of sessions
1.Paper presentations (30 minutes)

Research papers and case studies are welcomed for this category of presentation. There will be 3 paper presentations for each parallel session. Each paper will be allocated with 20 minutes of presentation time and 10 minutes of Q&A. The following types of papers are encouraged for submissions:

a.    Research Papers
Completed research papers in any of the strands listed above or related areas.
b.    Student Papers
Research done by students in any of the strands listed above or related areas.
c.    Case Studies
Case studies in any of the strands listed above or related areas.
d.    Work-in-Progress Reports or Proposals for Future Research
Incomplete research or ideas for future research in order to generate discussion and feedback in any of the strands listed above or related areas.
e.    Reports on Issues Related to Teaching
Reports related to innovative instruction techniques or research related to teaching in any of the strands listed above or related areas.

2.    Symposium presentations (1.5 hours)

Participants are welcomed to organize symposiums consisting of papers on related topics. 90 minutes are allocated for each symposium. It is common practice for 3 inter-related paper presentations to be grouped together for a symposium. Symposium organizers are advised to elect a chairperson as well as a discussant for their symposium.

Examples of Symposiums

a.    Researchers from the same field may wish to collaborate to organize a symposium consisting of 3 research papers which covers inter-related topics.
b.    A school may be interested to organize a symposium consisting of 3 presentations from school leaders' perspectives or teachers' case studies.
c.    Teachers may wish to collaborate across schools to present case studies of similar subjects or focus.

3.    Workshops: 1.5 hours

Workshops are informative, interesting and interactive sessions and may be targeted at the general 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 conferences strands above.

4.    Poster presentation: 1.5 hours

Posters 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 of data collection, data analysis and preliminary research findings. Posters of good practices should include relevant information such as the background of the school, the context of the case study, data analysis (where applicable) and findings/recommendations. Presenters are encouraged to prudently use texts and graphics in the layout of their posters.