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Biography

Umesh Sharma is Professor in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia where he is the Academic Head of the Educational Psychology and Inclusive Education Community. Umesh’s research programs in the area of disability and inclusive education span India, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Samoa as well as Australia, Canada, USA and New Zealand.  He has conducted several award winning national and international projects on topics like Funding of education for students with disability for the Commonwealth of Australia, the Development of Personalised and Support Guidelines for Victorian Government, and the development of the National Policy on Inclusive Education for Solomon Islands. He has also received several awards for his contribution to academia including the Dean’s award for Excellence in Innovation and External Collaboration in 2012; the Dean’s Award for Research Impact (Economic and Social) in 2016; and, the Dean’s Award for Research Enterprise in 2017. He is the chief co-editor of the Australasian Journal of Special Education and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Inclusive and Special Education.  He has authored over 150 academic articles, book chapters and edited books that focus on various aspects of inclusive education. His co-authored book “A Guide to Promoting a Positive Classroom Environment” was the recipient of the International Book Prize Award from the Exceptionality Education International. His project on the development of the Pacific Indicators for Inclusive Education received the Zero award for outstanding policy development from the United Nations in Vienna, 2016.

He was recently named as Australia's Research Field Leader in Special Education (a top rating for a researcher in his/her respective field).by the Australian Chief Scientist https://specialreports.theaustralian.com.au/1540291/.

His main areas of research are: positive behaviour support, inclusive education for disadvantaged children and policy and practice in special and inclusive education.

 

Research interests

Attitude and concern measurement; Positive behaviour Support; Inclusive curricular strategies; Inclusive education in developing countries; Teacher efficacy to implement inclusive education

Research area keywords

  • Inclusive Education
  • special education
  • attitude measurement
  • disability studies
  • Teacher Education
  • Educating for diversity and inclusion

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Projects

Research Output

Effective teacher professional learning on classroom behaviour management: a review of literature

Paramita, P. P., Sharma, U. & Anderson, A., 2020, In : Australian Journal of Teacher Education. 45, 1, p. 61-81 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

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Indonesian teachers’ causal attributions of problem behaviour and classroom behaviour management strategies

Paramita, P., Sharma, U. & Anderson, A., 3 Mar 2020, In : Cambridge Journal of Education. 50, 2, p. 261-279 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Principal leadership for students with disabilities in effective inclusive schools

DeMatthews, D., Billingsley, B., McLeskey, J. & Sharma, U., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Educational Administration. 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Addressing barriers to implementing inclusive education in the Pacific

Sharma, U., Armstrong, A. C., Merumeru, L., Simi, J. & Yared, H., 2 Jan 2019, In : International Journal of Inclusive Education. 23, 1, p. 65-78 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)

Assessing the Consistency and Accuracy of Teacher Judgements on the NCCD on School Students with Disability: Final Report

Sharma, U., McLean, L., Grove, C., Menage, C., May, F., Arthur-Kelly, M., Salend, S., Jovic, M., Martin, R., Haris, J., Barbosa, E., Butterworth, D. & Dimitropoulos, N., 26 Jun 2019, Melbourne Vic Australia: Monash University. 99 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportResearch

Prizes

2015 Outstanding author contribution award

Sharma, Umesh (Recipient), 31 Oct 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Dean's Award for Excellence in Innovation and External Collaboration

Sharma, Umesh (Recipient), 30 Nov 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Dean's Award for Research Entreprise

Sharma, Umesh (Recipient), 31 Aug 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Dean’s Award for Research Impact (Economic and Social Impact)

Sharma, Umesh (Recipient), 30 Jun 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Exceptionality Education International Book Prize Award 2015

Sharma, Umesh (Recipient), 12 Jun 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities

  • 11 Contribution to conference
  • 5 Editorial responsibility
  • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar

CITED: Inclusive Teacher Education and Development, International Consortium

Stella Laletas (Member of programme committee), , Umesh Sharma (Organiser), & Christine Grove (Member of programme committee)

9 Sep 201913 Sep 2019

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XVI International Congress and XXXVI Conference on Universities and Inclusive Education.

Umesh Sharma (Keynote/plenary speaker)

8 Apr 201912 Apr 2019

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Inclusion: An international Perspective

Umesh Sharma (Invited speaker)

30 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

5th International Conference on Inclusive Education

Umesh Sharma (Keynote/plenary speaker)

28 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Teacher Agency for Inclusive Education : An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Umesh Sharma (Keynote/plenary speaker)

7 Jul 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Press / Media

Five principles of inclusive education

Christine Grove, Umesh Sharma, Stella Laletas, Anna Laktionova & Tom O'Toole

12/11/19

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature