PhD pre-conference

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 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.

Preliminary programme

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

13.00-15.15: 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


by PhD student Shirley Tan

16.05-16.30: Q&A and focus

How to strengthen the Lesson Study PhD and emerging researchers community
by prof. Stéphane Clivaz

• 16.30: Closing

… followed by drinks in a local bar.

Confirmed speakers and facilitators

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.