PhD pre-conference

Watch the 1st WALS 2019 webinar here. This webinar gives you a taster of the three strands of the WALS 2019.


It consists of three PhD presentations along the three strands:

– Crafting – Tijmen Schipper
– Sustainable – Fenna Wolthuis
– Pedagogies – Susanne Jansen

The presentations will be discussed by Stéphane Clivaz, and the webinar ends with a group chat.


Scroll below and find the programme of the PhD pre-conference and more information about registration.

For the first time in the history of WALS, a PhD conference is organised by and for PhD students researching Lesson Study (LS) throughout the world. The day serves as a platform to share knowledge and experiences relating to the various international PhD projects on LS, as well as to get to know each other and to stimulate future collaboration. We aim that this pre-conference day is a leverage to a broader and tighter international Lesson Study PhD community.

The PhD pre-conference will be organised jointly with the WALS Expert Seminar. The PhD-preconference is open to PhD-students and young researchers for a small fee (see ‘registration’ below), the WALS Expert Seminar is invite only. The theme will be ‘WALS as a Learning Community’.

The pre-conference consists of keynotes by dr. Peter Dudley (president of the WALS) and Shirley Tan (PhD student focusing on Lesson Study) followed by interactive round table sessions about the work of the participating PhD’s and emerging researchers, as well as a Q&A led by prof. Stéphane Clivaz on how to strengthen the community of PhD and emerging LS researchers.

Programme PhD pre-conference

Monday 2 September 2019

Venue: VU Amsterdam

10.30-11.15: Interactive start and kick-off

Opening keynote

The importance of PhD research to the WALS community and beyond by dr. Peter Dudley (president of WALS)

12.00-13.00: Lunch

together with participants of WALS Expert Seminar

13.00-15.00: Round table sessions

Presentations of (preliminary) research* by PhD’s and emerging researchers facilitated by Lesson Study experts:
dr. Sui Lin Goei, dr. Siebrich de Vries, prof. Stéphane Clivaz,
prof. Wouter van Joolingen and dr. Tom Coenen.

15.15-15.45: Sharing the results of the round table sessions moderated by prof. Mona Holmqvist


by PhD student Shirley Tan

16.05-16.30: Q&A

with a focus how we can strengthen the Lesson Study PhD community
by prof. Stéphane Clivaz

16.30: Closing

… followed by drinks in a local bar.

Confirmed speakers and facilitators

Monday 2 September 2019

Venue: VU Amsterdam

Dr. Peter Dudley

WALS president – Cambridge University, UK

Dr. Sui Lin Goei

WALS 2019 chair – VU Amsterdam
& Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, NL

Dr. Siebrich de Vries

WALS 2019 vice chair – University of Groningen & NHL/Stenden University of Applied Sciences, NL

Prof. Stéphane Clivaz

HEP Vaud – Lausanne, CH

Prof. Wouter van Joolingen

WALS 2019 steering committee – Freudenthal Institute, Utrecht University, NL

Dr. Tom Coenen

WALS 2019 programme committee – Twente University, NL

Shirley Tan

PhD student at Nagoya University, JP


Registration for the pre-conference is available for € 50,- per participant** .
The pre-conference is also available for PhD students and emerging researchers who are not joining the full WALS conference.

*After registering for the pre-conference programme, we kindly ask you to answer several questions
about your own research (whether you have just started or at the end of your PhD study).
This allows us to cluster the round table sessions around the various research topics.

**Lunch, coffee and tea breaks are included in the pre-conference fee.


Venue will be VU Amsterdam, main building – 10th floor, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam.

Please click here for directions to reach VU Amsterdam.