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Jyotsna Vijapurkar

 

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An astronomer by training, I now work in science education. I am currently developing an integrated Middle School inquiry science curriculum. I teach classes myself, and investigate which concepts can be taught, and how, at any given level. I develop low cost easily doable activities in science that teachers and students in even resource poor environments can use.

 

Research Interests (in Science Education) :

  • Curriculum development.
  • Classroom practices.
  • Root causes of alternative concepts held by children


RECENT PUBLICATIONS


 In Journals

 

  • "Omne vivo ex vivum?" A study of middle school students' explanations of the seemingly sudden appearance of life forms,Research in Science Education, published online March 2014 
           (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11165-014-9406-1)
  • What do cells really look like? An inquiry into students' difficulties in visualising a 3-D biological cell and lessons for pedagogy, Research in Science Education, published online October 2013,                             (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11165-013-9379-5)
  • Scaffolding Science talk: The role of teachers' questions in the Inquiry Classroom (2013) International Journal of Science Education, 35(12) 2004-2027
  • Low resolution spectroscopy of hot post-AGB candidates II. LS, LSS, LSE stars and additional IRAS sources, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan 64, 57, 2012

 

 

 Popular/General Articles


  • Samazlay Na...? (Translation by publisher of 'Did you understand...?", Teacher Plus, ) Shaikshanik Sandarbh,
        No. 77, Oct-Nov 2012, p.3
  • Did you understand...?” J. Teacher Plus, vol no. 10, issue No.8, August 2012 p. 44

  • Vignyan vargaat mulanna samjoon ghetana (Translation by publisher of 'Listening to Children's voices in the Science Classroom' Learning Curve, April 2009 issue) Shaikshanik Sandarbh, No. 76, Jun-Jul 2012, p29
  • Learning Curve, Listening to Children's voices in the Science Classroom,  Azim Premji Foundation, Issue 12, April 2009

  • Vigyan ki kaksha mein bacchon ki awaaz (Hindi). Anoupcharika, February 2010 (Original article in English, Learning Curve, April 2009)
  • Being a friend in need, (on encouraging sparrow populations, which are fast declining in our cities) Sunday Herald, Dec 9 2007
  • Are we really teaching Science in our Schools? The Hindu, Friday. March 2 , 2007 

 

In Conference Proceedings


  • Omne Vivum ex vivo”? A study of Middle School students' explanations of the seemingly sudden appearance of some life forms In Nagarjuna G., Jamakhandi, A. and Sam, E. (eds.)epiSTEME 5  International Conference to Review Research on Science,Technology and Mathematics Education, Conference Proceedings. India: Cinnamonteal. p.165-170, 201
  • Aspects of learning science in inquiry and traditional classes: what students' diaries reveal In Nagarjuna G., Jamakhandi, A. and Sam, E. (eds.) epiSTEME 5 International Conference to Review  Research on Science, Technology and Mathematics Education, Conference Proceedings. India: Cinnamonteal. p.220-226 (2009)
  • Science talk in the inquiry classroom: An Analysis of teachers' questions and purposes. In Chunawala, S. & Kharatmal, M. (Eds.)(2011) International Conference to Review Research on Science, Technology and Mathematics Education, epiSTEME 4 Conference Proceedings India (2013)     
  • Several Lines of Inquiry Into Inquiry Teaching and Learning: Exploring the Affective Outcomes of Inquiry-Oriented Science Teaching. In D. Mogari, A. Mji and U. I. Ogbonnaya (Eds.),Proceedings of  ISTE International Conference on Mathematics , Science and Technology Education, p. 265-276. South Africa: University of South Africa.Kawalkar, (2011)
         
  • What Do Cells Really Look Like? Children’s Resistance to accepting a 3-D Model, In Subramaniam, K., & Mazumdar, A. (Eds.), Proceedings of epiSTEME-3: International Conference to Review  Research in Science Technology and Mathematics Education, New Delhi, India: Macmillan, p. 187-191.)(2009)


Document with State & National Agencies

 

  • Exemplar material on Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation at the Elementary Stage in Science

       ( J. Vijapurkar and 9 others), NCERT, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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