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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 in K-12 contexts, 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 she leads the STEM workstream.  

Sarika has recently designed and implements a Monash short course (one day workshop) for 'Coding and Robotics in early childhood education'. For more info please visit https://www.monash.edu/education/short-courses/early-childhood/coding-and-robotics-in-early-childhood-education

Sarika also offers PD programs/webinars for EC educators focusing on best international STEM-based practices to promote children's design play and inquiry thinking processes. You can follow Sarika on her facebook - https://www.facebook.com/stemirific/ and Twitter @sararamani77 

Monash teaching commitment

EDF 1061 - Working in education: An introduction to the profession 

EDF 5030 - Science education in the primary years

EDF 4023 - Science and technology education in the primary years

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

EDF 4006 - Transition and professional engagement 

Research area keywords

  • Transforming teaching and learning
  • Educating for diversity and inclusion
  • STEM in early childhood education
  • primary science education

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Projects

Research Output

Children’s engineering design thinking processes: the magic of the ROBOTS and the power of BLOCKS (electronics)

Kewalramani, S., Palaiologou, I. & Dardanou, M., 2020, In : Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education. 16, 3, 14 p., em1830.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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1 Citation (Scopus)

Research-informed ‘immersive’ professional learning with pre-service teachers in schools

Belford, N., Tudball, L. & Kewalramani, S., 3 Mar 2020, In : Cogent Education. 7, 1, 19 p., 1733223.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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Technology-integrated pedagogical practices: a look into evidence-based teaching and coherent learning for young children

Kewalramani, S., Arnott, L. & Dardanou, M., 2020, In : European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. 28, 2, p. 163-166 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Open Access

The integration of the Internet of Toys in early childhood education: a platform for multi-layered interactions

Kewalramani, S., Palaiologou, I., Arnott, L. & Dardanou, M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-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

  • 3 Contribution to conference
  • 3 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course
  • 2 Public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 1 Public event

Clayton Festival- Community engagement in early childhood STEM education

Sarika Kewalramani (Contributor), Gillian Kidman (Contributor), Hazel Tan (Contributor)
23 Feb 2020

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

Dealing with parental pressure for high school students' mental and academic well being

Sarika Kewalramani (Contributor)
25 Feb 2020

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

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

Steminar-hands-on-stem-lessons-from-early-childhood-education

Sarika Kewalramani (Contributor)
12 Nov 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Press / Media

Why preschool is the best time to spark an interest in STEM

Sarika Kewalramani

13/09/19

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Immigrant parent influence on children’s education pathway

Sarika Kewalramani

13/09/19

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview

Hands-off learning: Parent expectations too much for some children

Sarika Kewalramani

7/09/1912/09/19

1 item of Media coverage, 1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature