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Welcome Message

World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS) International Conference 2016

3-5 September 2016, University of Exeter (UK)

Conference theme:


We are very pleased to be hosting the World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS), its 10th Annual International Conference, at the University of Exeter, UK from September 3-5, 2016. This is the first time that the WALS conference has taken place in the UK and the second time outside Asia.

The conference theme focuses on the role of Lesson Study in leading teaching developments and its role in professional learning in the context of professional learning communities.

Our aim is to bring together practitioners and researchers from across the world to share their knowledge, understanding and experience of Lesson Study as a form of practice-based research. There has been a growing interest and use of Lesson Study in the various areas of the UK over the last decade associated with various well-regarded university departments of Education.

As one of these centres, the Graduate School of Education (GSE) at the University of Exeter has been involved in funded research and development in the Lesson Study field since 2010 as part of a wider interest in practice-based research. Our educational research advances policy, theory and practice and contributes to the broader vision of Education, both nationally and internationally. GSE is a leading centre for the study of Education, offering a wide range of initial teacher education/ training and postgraduate courses. The recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) results confirmed our position as one of the top ten education research centres in the country. The Graduate School of Education creates a world-leading research environment that produces world-leading research outputs.

We are very pleased to invite researchers and practitioners working in the school environment and from different parts of the world to join us for the WALS 2016 conference that will involve keynote speakers; paper presentations; symposium presentations; workshops; poster presentations; and school visits. It is really a worldwide international event for researchers, educators, school teachers, those who work in collaboration with teachers (e.g. advisors, consultants, educational psychologists), policy makers and other scholars to share their knowledge with each other. We hope you will also find the various types of sessions and events interesting. These will cover topics of relevance, such as learning at school, early years, special needs and inclusive education, large-scale educational development: Learning Study, etc.


  • Professor Kiyomi Akita (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Dr Pete Dudley (UK)
  • Professor Catherine Lewis (California, USA)
  • Professor Andy Hargreaves (Boston, USA)

***One day conference attendance is available***


Professor Brahm Norwich

Chairperson: WALS 2016

Organising Committee: University of Exeter, UK