Thursday, August 22, 2013

Bandung 2014

World Association for Lesson Study WALS International Conferences
Singapore 2012
The conference brought together about 1200 delegates from 25 countries across the globe. The largest contingent was from Singapore, followed by Sweden, Japan and Indonesia. For the first time ever, WALS had representatives from 8 new countries: Bahrain, Ghana, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, South Africa and Uzbekistan. The programme included 3 keynote addresses, 6 plenary sessions, 238 papers, 19 symposia, 9 workshops, 41 posters and school visits. The organizing committee was warmly thanked for providing an excellent conference. 
Sweden 2013
This year the WALS conference chaired by Associate Professor Mona Holmqvist, held in Gothenburg between 6 – 9 September, has attracted more than 600 delegates from 29 countries. It is a significant WALS conference because it is the first to be held outside East Asia. The theme, “Learning and Lesson Study as Teacher Research” is being explored through 5 keynotes addresses, plenary sessions, symposia, workshops, poster exhibits and culminates in school visits.
Indonesia 2014
This conference, chaired by Dr Sumar Hendayana, will be held at the  Indonesia University of Education in Bandung from November 25 – 28 2014.  The theme is “Becoming Reflective Educators and Professionals of Learning”.  This conference has received support from the Indonesian Ministry of  Education and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The first call  for papers will go out on 30 November 2013.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Lesson Study in Early Childhood Settings

This will happen on 4 September 2013.

This lecture is about the process of lesson study and how it provides teachers with professional development in content, pedagogy and content-pedagogical knowledge. The speaker will describes each stage of the process and what each stake holder can do to maximise the impact of lesson study.

It is given by Dr Yeap Ban Har.

Dr Yeap Ban Har is the principal of Marshall Cavendish Institute and also Director of Curriculum and Professional Development at Pathlight School. He teaches mathematics education courses all over the world and taught at National Institute of Education for a decade prior to his current appointments in 2010. In early childhood education, he teaches courses at SEED Institute / Wheelock College and SIM University. In lesson study, he is Singapore's specialist at APEC Lesson Study research group. He is also a council member at World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS). In WALS 2013 in Sweden, he will participate in a  plenary session on lesson study in early childhood setting with professors from Sweden and Japan. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics education and Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies (NUS) and Master of Education (NIE/NTU).