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Sugra Chunawala





Current Position: Professor (H)

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. thesis:
The impact of science education in terms of human resource development in socio-economically deprived groups (with special emphasis on career selection)

Research interests


  • Attitudinal studies of students and teachers
  • Students' perceptions of science
  • Attitudes to school and school subjects
  • Students' and teachers' perceptions of scientists
  • Students' and teachers' perceptions of technology
  • Students' alternative conceptions of science topics
  • Students' conceptions of health
  • Students' ideas about living and non-living
  • Students' ideas about forests
  • Students' ideas about experiments
  • Gender and technology as part of a project titled Technology Centred School Education (TCSE).

Gender and science

The permanent exhibition at HBCSE on the theme of Gender and Science is aimed at presenting the contributions of women scientists. It focuses on the historical disjunction between women, science and technology. A booklet containing the information presented in the exhibition along with some additional material has been published. Marathi version of the booklet is also available.


Science Education for Diversity (2010-2013)

Science Education for Diversity (SED) -- A European Commission Funded Project




  • Sugra Chunawala: Thinking, Problem Solving & Stereotypes. Talk presented at the Nurture Programm organised for NTS scholars, HBCSE India. November 2014.
  • Sugra Chunawala: Gender Sensitisation. Session conducted at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Mankhurd. Mumbai, India. January, 2014
  • Sugra Chunawala: Research Methodology in the Behavioral Sciences. A Talk presented as a part of University of Mumbai course on Research Methodology at K.J. Somaiya College of Science and Engineering. Mumbai, India. DEcember, 2013.
  • Sugra Chunawala: Women and Technology. A Talk fr UGC Academic Staff College sponsored refresher's course in Education on the theme ofTechnological Integration in Teacher Education. University of Mumbai, India. November, 2013.
  • Sugra Chunawala: Gender and School Education. Talk delivered at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Mankhurd, Mumbai India. September, 2013
  • Farhat Ara, Sugra Chunawala and Chitra Natarajan: Students as designers and makers: Indian middle school students' creative solutions to design-without-make and design-with-make activities, Paper presented at the Designing Design Education for India, Conference, 13, 14, 15 March, 2013, Pune India.

  • Pooja Birwatkar  and Sugra Chunawala: The voices of a diverse classroom: How to hear them? Paper presentation at an ICSSR sponsored conference held at K.G. Somaiya College of Education,  Training and Research on Peace Education titled 'Nobody can bring you peace but yourself', Mumbai, March 22-23, 2013.

  • Sugra Chunawala: Science and science education through the lens of diversity. Review talk at the Fifth International Conference epiSTEME, HBCSE-TIFR, Mumbai, India, January 2013.

  • Sugra Chunawala: Science Communication in Indian Languages by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education at the National Meet of Science Communicators in Indian Languages- jointly organised by Vignyan Prasar (DST, Govt. of India) and Vignyan Parishad Prasar (Allahabad), December 13-15, 2012.





  • Chunawala, S. (2003). स्त्री पुरुष भेद आणि विज्ञान  . Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education. Sai Printers: Mumbai, India.
  • Sugra Chunawala: Conflicts, Activity Based Foundation Course on Science, Technology and Society, (Series editor) Chitra Natarajan, HBCSE, January 1999.

 In Journals


  • Raveendran, A., & Chunawala, S. (2015). Values in Science: Making Sense of Biology Doctoral Students’ Critical Examination of a Deterministic Claim in a Media Article. Science Education doi: 10.1002/sce.21174
  • Chunawala, S. (2004). A review of some literature on Biological Determinism. Research Centre for Women’s Studies, RCWS Newsletter, Vol. 25 (2) (3), Monsoon/Fall Issue.
  • Mahajan, B.S. & Chunawala, S. (1999). Indian secondary students' understanding of different aspects of health. International Journal of Science Education, 21, (11), 1155-1168.

  • Chunawala, S & Pradhan, H.C. (1993). A study of students' attitudes to school subjects: a preliminary report. Journal of Education and Social Change, Vol. VII (2) (3), 50-62.

  • Chunawala, S. (1991). Career choices of girls and the effects of Intervention in the form of provision of vocational guidance. Journal of Education and Social Change, Vol. V (2), 43-55.

  • Chunawala, S. (1989). Sex-role stereotyping of occupations among teachers and students. Journal of Education and Social Change, Vol. III (3), 89-102.

  • Chunawala, S. (1987). A study of the occupational choices of first generation learners. Journal of Education and Social Change, Vol. I (3), 52-64.


In Proceedings


  • Chunawala S., Vinisha, K. and Patel A. Gender, Science and Schooling: illustrations in science textbooks and students' and teachers' ideas related to gender, 2009, HBCSE, TIFR, Mumbai, Gender Issues in Education, Position Paper 3.2, National Curriculum Framework, 2005, NCERT. (Co-author)


In Books


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