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Personal profile

Biography

Sarika has been a primary/secondary science, chemistry and mathematics teacher for 10 years in Melbourne, Australia. Her versatile experiences from previous Monash university research studies, affiliation with primary and secondary public schools in Melbourne, including being a secondary school’s Head of Science Domain (2010-2014) guided her passion to complete her PhD studies at Monash university in 2017.

Her current roles as an early years/primary science lecturer has driven her research interests in the area of preschool science curriculum and pedagogy and inquiry based practices. Sarika's current research projects involve conceptualising kindergarten and preprimary teacher's understanding of both play and inquiry based pedagogies and programs in ways that promote and meaningfully engage young children's learning of science and integration of technology (robotics/IoToys). Exploring parental engagement in young children's science and digital technology experiences in early years is her other area of expertise and she also uses multi-mixed method approaches.    

Sarika has gained further understanding on research in the early childhood science discipline through being an active teacher member of Museums Victoria and Scienceworks that have equipped her with relevant industry knowledge. She is also an active member of European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) and Co-convenor of European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) SIG 'Digital Childhoods, STEM and Multimodality' where leads the STEM workstream.  

Sarika has recently designed and implementing a Monash short course (one day workshop) for 'Digital Play in the Early Years' starting October 2019. For more info please visit https://www.monash.edu/education/short-courses/early-childhood/digital-play-in-the-early-years 

 

Monash teaching commitment

EDF 1303 - Understanding learning and learners

EDF 5030 - Science education in the primary years

EDF 4006 - Transition and professional engagement 

EDF 3035 - Investigating our world: Science, technology and the environment in EC settings (Chief examiner in 2020). 

Keywords

  • Early Childhood
  • primary
  • STEM in early childhood education

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Projects 2019 2020

Research Output 2015 2019

Open Access
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Teachers as designers to support young children's technologically assisted experiential learning using IoToys

Kewalramani, S., Arnott, D. L., Palaiologou, I. & Dardanou, M., 21 Aug 2019, p. 80. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOther

Open Access

Student experiences of the career counselling process in secondary subject choices in Australia: a case for parent-school partnership

Kewalramani, S., Phillipson, S. & Belford, N., 2018, Evidence-Based Learning and Teaching: A Look into Australian Classrooms. Barnes, M., Gindidis, M. & Phillipson, S. (eds.). Abingdon UK: Routledge, p. 82-96 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Prizes

Best Technical Presentation and Research Contribution Award.

Sarika Kewalramani (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

European Science Education Research Association - ESERA Travel Award

Sarika Kewalramani (Recipient), 20 Feb 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2018 2019

  • 3 Contribution to conference
  • 3 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course

Conference of the European Science Education Research Association 2019

Sarika Kewalramani (Organiser)
26 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Early childhood association India - Podar ECE Conference

Sarika Kewalramani (Invited speaker)
5 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Using digital play in the Early Years to enhance children’s learning and creativity

Sarika Kewalramani (Organiser)
30 Oct 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) Conference 2019

Sarika Kewalramani (Organiser)
21 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

European early childhood education conference BUDAPEST, Hungary

Sarika Kewalramani (Speaker)
29 Aug 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Press / Media

Using Technology to Engage Young Children in Science

Sarika Kewalramani

1/08/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Coding - Buzzword or a Life skill?

Sarika Kewalramani

30/04/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment