WALS International Conference 2019
WALS International Conference 2019 with the theme “Crafting Sustainable Pedagogies for Teaching and Learning” organized by the World Association of Lesson Studies was held at Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands, from 3-6 September 2019. Over seven hundred scholars and academics from 46 places presented their research studies in the format of Oral Paper Presentation, Poster Presentation, Symposiums, and Plenary Sessions.
Dr. Ko Po Yuk, Director of Centre for Excellence of Learning and Teaching, with a team of three of her colleagues presented four papers in total, three of which were presented in a symposium entitled “Learning Study in Hong Kong: A dual process of refining practice and theory for crafting sustainable pedagogies for both mainstream and special education schools”. Another paper presentation was about “Facilitating sustainable development of teaching professionalism through Learning Study”. The contents of the papers covered 1) how the teaching act of teachers could help refine their pedagogical practices as well the theory itself; 2) how identification and discernment of critical features could help fine-tune the teaching focus; 3) the possibilities of adopting Learning Study in crafting sustainable pedagogies that could embrace education initiatives to meet the learning needs of students; and 4) how Learning Study could help in the sustainable professional development of teachers in a case school. Apart from presenting papers, the colleagues of CELT had visited schools and universities for a better understanding of Lesson Study practices in Netherlands. The event has provided an opportunity for international exchanges and fostered wider networking among practitioners in Asia, Europe, UK and USA.