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Ph.D.s Awarded

Ongoing Projects




Effectiveness of Refined Concept Mapping Technique for Science Education

Meena Kharatmal

Advisor: Dr. G. Nagarjuna


Students’ Alternative Conceptions in Heat and Thermodynamics

Shirish R. Pathare

Advisor: Prof. H. C. Pradhan & Prof. Savita Ladage


Investigating the effects of an Inquiry Science Classroom: Behavioural and Attitudinal Changes in Children

Aisha M. Kawalkar

Advisor: Dr. Jyotsna Vijapurkar


Exploring Critical Graphicacy in Schools with the Studio Thinking Approach

Amit Dhakulkar

Advisor: Dr. G. Nagarjuna


Collaborating with Teachers to Develop Classroom Practices Aimed at Teaching Mathematics for Understanding

Ruchi Kumar

Advisor: Dr. K. Subramaniam


Project based learning: Development & Implementation of project & assessment

Saurav Shome

Advisor: Prof. Chitra Natarajan


Conceptualising 'Science education for all' with a focus on understanding students' negotiation of socioscientific issues

Aswathy Raveendran

Advisor: Prof. Sugra Chunawala


Inclusive science education in elementary & secondary schools with a focus on strategies for reaching science to children with visual impairments

Amit Sharma

Advisor: Prof. Sugra Chunawala


Developing teachers' understanding of students' mathematical thinking through classroom-based tasks
Shikha Takker
Advisor: Prof. K. Subramaniam

Children's understanding of measurement concepts
Jeenath Rahaman
Advisor: Prof. K. Subramaniam

Designing learning contexts for understanding facilitating the transition from qualitative to quantitative knowledge using model-based reasoning
Shraddha Ghumre
Advisor: Dr. G. Nagarjuna

The cognitive role of external representative in understanding DNA structure
Anveshna Srivastava
Advisor: Dr. Sanjay Chandrasekharan


Investigating representational competence in chemistry across groups with varying academic exposure

Prajakt Pande

Advisor: Dr. Sanjay Chandrasekharan


Teaching, learning and assessment of elementary mathematics through a collaborative, constructive and distributed instant messaging environment

Rafikh Shaikh

Advisor: Dr. Nagarjuna G.


Ph.D.s Awarded

Work, Knowledge and Identity: Implications for school learning of out-of-school mathematical knowledge [Synopsis]

Arindam Bose

Advisor: Prof. K. Subramaniam


Developing a comprehensive concept inventory in rotational kinematics: A diagnostic tool to probe misconceptions and pitfalls in reasoning. [Synopsis]

Mashood K. K.

Advisor: Prof. Vijay Singh


Investigating Students', Teachers' and Designers' Ideas about Design and Developing Design Activities for Indian Middle School Students. [Synopsis]

Farhat Ara

Advisor: Prof. Sugra Chunawala

April 2013, TIFR Deemed University

A study of students'  misconceptions in biology at secondary school level and development of remedial research based material.
Narendra D. Deshmukh
Advisor: Prof. Veena M. Deshmukh

November 2012, Mumbai University


Cognitive Studies in Relativity [Synopsis]

Atanu Bandyopadhyay

Advisor:  Prof. Arvind Kumar & Prof. H. C. Pradhan

June 2011, TIFR Deemed University


Spatial Cognition and Visualization in Elementary Astronomy Education [Synopsis]

Shamin Padalkar

Advisor: Prof. Jayashree Ramadas

February 2011, TIFR Deemed University


Visual Depictions and Mental Visualisation of Human Body Systems in Middle School Students [Synopsis]

Sindhu Mathai

Advisor: Prof. Jayashree Ramadas

January 2011, TIFR Deemed University


Understanding Causality in Natural Selection: Towards the Problematic of Learning Darwin’s Theory of Evolution [Synopsis]

Abhijeet Bardapurkar

Advisor: Dr. G. Nagarjuna

February 2009, TIFR Deemed University


Investigating Middle School Students’ Perceptions of Technology and Developing Design and Technology Education Units to Study Students’ Design Productions [Synopsis]

Ritesh P. Khunyakari

Advisor: Prof. Chitra Natarajan

December 2008, TIFR Deemed University


Introducing Indian Middle School Students to Collaboration and Communication Centred Design and Technology Education: A Focus on Socio –Cultural and Gender Aspects [Synopsis]

Swati Mehrotra

Advisor: Prof. Sugra Chunawala

November 2008, TIFR Deemed University


Developing a Learning Sequence for Transiting from Arithmetic to Elementary Algebra [Synopsis]

Rakhi Banerjee

Advisor: Dr. K. Subramaniam

October 2008, TIFR Deemed University


Development of Innovative Experimental Problems and Demonstrations in Physics with Suitable Instructional Strategy For them and Investigating their Effectiveness in Laboratory Training [Synopsis]

Rajesh B. Khaparde

Advisor: Prof. H. C. Pradhan

June 2001, University of Mumbai


Interactive Instructional Systems for Elucidating Concepts in Chemistry

Syed Safi Athar

Advisor: Prof. Arvind Kumar & Prof. S. C. Agarkar

July 1999, University of Mumbai


Identifying Student's Misconcepts and Learning Barriers in Chemistry and Designing and Evaluating Appropriate Remedial Measures

Savita A. Ladage

Advisor: Shri. V. G. Kulkarni

January 1995, University of Bombay


The Impact of Science Education in Terms of Human Resource Development in Socio-Economically Deprived Groups (With Special Emphasis on Career Selection)

Sugra Chunawala

Advisor: Shri. V. G. Kulkarni

April 1992, University of Poona


Mathematical Modelling of Literacy Progression and Information Diffusion

Manjusha S. Kulkarni

Advisor: Shri. V. G. Kulkarni & Prof. Arvind Kumar

1992, University of Poona


Developing Instructional Strategies to Overcome Difficulties in Concept Formation in Science and Mathematics

Sudhakar C. Agarkar

Advisor: Shri. V. G. Kulkarni

March 1987, University of Poona


Curriculum Development in Science Relevant to the Indian School System

Jayashree Ramadas

Advisor: Shri. V. G. Kulkarni

July 1981, University of Poona



















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