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Sugra Chunawala





Current Position: Associate Professor (G)

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 (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

  • 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


  • Koul, R., Dawson,V., Chunawala, S. and Natarajan, C. (2012). A collaborative approach to developing science teaching methods suitable for addressing diversity in classrooms. Perth, WA: Science and matheamtics Education Centre, Curtin University. [AIC 2012AIC]
  • Chunawala, S., Muralidharan, A., Birwatkar, P. and Natarajan, C. (2012). Towards Science Education for Diversity: A teacher Researcher Collaborative Workshop, HBCSE, Mumbai, December 2011. SED WP5 December Workshop
  • 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

  • Chunawala, S & Natarajan, C. (Sent for publication in 2012). An Inclusive Science and Technology Education Curriculum at School Level. G. Chadha & S.Krishna (Eds.) to be published Stree Publishers, Kolkotta.
  • Natarajan C. and Chunawala S. (2009) Technology and Vocational Education in India, in Alister Jones and Marc de Vries (Eds) International Handbook of Research and Development in Technology Education, The Netherlands: Sense Pub. [Download pdf]

  • Chunawala, S. (2006). Science Education. Sixth Survey of Educational Research 1993-2000, vol 1, NCERT. 
  • Chunawala, S. (2004).  Education and technology education within the gender perspective. In Patrick Dias (ed.) Multiple Languages, Literacies and Technologies. Multilingualism, Frankfurt and Books for Change, New Delhi. [Download In_PV_Diaspdf]


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