Editorial Board of American Journal of Educational Research and Reviews
Dr. M. V. Vithanapathirana
Faculty of Education, University of Colombo.
Biography & Research Interest
Welcome Dr. M. V. Vithanapathirana to Join the Editorial Board of American Journal of Educational Research and Reviews. Dr. M. V. Vithanapathirana is a Professor in Faculty of Education of University of Colombo.
♦ PhD, Institute of Education (IOE), University College London (2005), for the thesis titled ‘Improving multigrade teaching: Action research with teachers in rural Sri Lanka’.
♦ M. A. in Buddhist and Pali Studies (Distinction pass), Postgraduate Institute of Buddhist and Pali Studies, University of Kelaniya, 2006 (English medium)
♦ Post Graduate Diploma in Buddhist Studies (Merit pass), Postgraduate Institute of Buddhist and Pali Studies, University of Kelaniya, 2005 (English medium)
♦ Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, Staff Development Centre, University of Colombo, 1998
♦ Master of Education, Open University of Sri Lanka, 1996 (English medium)
♦ Post Graduate Diploma in Education, (Merit pass) Open University of Sri Lanka, 1992
♦ BSc Hons. (Zoology) 2nd class Lower, University of Colombo, 1984
Areas of Teaching
Educational Psychology, General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Bio Psychology, Counseling Skills, Primary Education, Early Childhood Education, Qualitative and Action Research Methods, Stress Management and Counseling in Organizations
Areas of Research Interests
♦ Improving Multigrade teaching in Sri Lanka and comparative perspectives of multigrade teaching across the world.
♦ Science Education in secondary grades
♦ Psychology of cognition through a Buddhist perspective
♦ Teaching and learning in Higher Education contexts
♦ Collaborative action research with practitioners
♦ Innovations to support skillful parenting to support child upbringing practices in Sri Lanka
Awards and Grants
♦ Visiting Scholar, US institute for Scholars and Secondary Educators, 6 weeks, Sponsored by USA State Department, 2011
♦ Travel and hospitality award from University of Leipzig/Germany and Cape Peninsula University/South Africa to make conference presentations, 2009
♦ Official Representative of SLAAS, Indian Science Congress in 2008
♦ Travel and hospitality grant by UNICEF Eritrea to lead the teacher training on Multigrade teaching, 2008
♦ Travel and hospitality awards and sponsorships from Aga Khan Education Service/Pakistan, 2006
♦ Recipient of a research grant to the University of Colombo to conduct a study as an extension of the doctoral study conducted on Multigrade teaching. Functioned as the Coordinator, of the research team for the study titled ‘ Multigrade Teaching: An Investigation (Phase 2), A collaborative international study between Institute of Education of the University of London; Faculty of Education of University of Colombo, and CERID of Tribhuvan University, Nepal) funded by Department for International Development (DFID), UK, 2003-2006
♦ Scholarship awarded by the Institute of Education, University of London/DFID for a PhD in Multigrade teaching in small schools, 1999
Involvement with other organizations
♦ Visiting lecturer, MSc in Occupational Safety and Health Management, Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, 2014, 2015
♦ External PhD examiner, University of Madras, India 2016
♦ A member of the Family Policy formulation group. Department of Social Services 2012, 2013
♦A member of the team of resource persons on course design and teaching on the collaborative teacher education program between Faculty of Education, University of Colombo and the British Council titled ‘Diploma in Global Teacher Education’ 2011
♦ External examiner for PhD thesis, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa 2013
External examiner for PhD thesis, University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa 2014, 2016
External examiner for PhD thesis, Faculty of Education, University of New England Australia, 2011
♦ External examiner for PhD thesis, Department of Education, Periyar University, Tamil Nadu, India, 2011
♦ Resource person for staff development at University of Moratuwa, 2008, 2009
♦ Resource person, Ministry of Education, EFA Mid Decade Assessment. 2008
♦ Resource person for the study titled ‘Towards an understanding of child mental health in Sri Lanka’. A collaborative study with Birkbeck College, University of London and University of Colombo. 2007-2010.
♦ Secretary of the SLAAS Corporate Plan committee, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
♦ Secretary of the Buildings Committee, SLAAS 2008.2009, 2010, 2011
♦ A member of the Science Education Committee, SLAAS, 2006 and 2007
♦ Secretary of the Section F (Social Sciences) SLAAS, 2004 and 2005.
♦ A member of the Committee for Popularization of Science, SLAAS 2004/2005.
♦ Joint Secretary, “Prof. J.E. Jayasuriya Memorial Foundation” From 1997 to 2005
♦ Resource person, Research Department, National Institute of Education. Maharagama, Sri Lanka
♦ Rapporteur of SLAAS Section F, 1998, 1999
♦ Visiting Lecturer in Counseling Psychology for Advanced Diploma in Counselling Psychology, at the American College of Higher Education since 2004 to date
♦ Curriculum Developer and Visiting Lecturer (on voluntary basis) in Developmental Psychology and Buddhist Psychology for Diploma in Counselling at the Damrivi Foundation, Isipathna Mawatha, Colombo 4 from 2003 to 2008
♦ Visiting Lecturer in Educational Psychology, Advanced Certificate in Teaching for Maldivian teacher trainees, National Institute of Education. Maharagama, 2002- 2004