Dr. S.D.K Wijesundara
Head of the Department

Office Address: 

Department of Education,
University of Peradeniya,
Sri Lanka.





Personal Website: 
  • Dr S.D.K. Wijesundara Started professional career as a secondary school teacher. Worked as an educational planning officer, officer in the Sri Lanka Education Administrative service and as project officer at the National Institute of Education Sri Lanka, prior to joining the University of Peradeniya as a lecturer.
Educational Qualifications:
  • BSc (Hons), University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Psychological assessment , University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • MSc in Education Management and Administration , (Edinburgh, UK)
  • MSc in Applied Psychology , (Colombo)
  • PhD in Education , University of Nottingham, UK
Appointments (Selected) :
  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer - Department of Education, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, December 1998 to date
  • Head/Department of Education – April 2011 to 2014
  • Planning Officer (Sri Lanka Education Administrative Service Class)
  • Project Officer, Department of Education Management Development, National Institute of Education, Maharagama, Sri Lanka (1988.11.01 to 1998. 11.30)
  • Teacher 1982 to 1983
Awards :
  • 2005 – Fellowship granted by the National Centre for Advancement of Social Sciences and Humanities (NCAS) to follow PhD in Education at the University of Nottingham
  • 1989 - British Government Technical Cooperation Training Award under the Colombo Plan to follow Masters' Degree programme in Education Management and Administration at the Moray House College of Education, UK
  • 1985- Advance fellowship in Education Planning granted by Swedish International Development Authority Advance Certificate in Educational Planning, Monash University, Australia.
Research Intersests :
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Teaching, Learning and assessment in undergraduate Education, School Improvement, School Supervision, Student Learning, Professional Development of Teachers through Action Research, Child rights and Inclusive Education, Managing Change
Publications - Books
  • Wijesundera. S, (2012) Students' experiences of learning: Undergraduate education in Sri Lanka . Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic publishing,
Book Chapters
  • Wijesundera .S, National Diagnosis on Teacher Supervision and Support Services for Basic Education in Sri Lanka. In Unesco-IIEP(1998 ) Supervision and support services in Asia, Vol. II, National Diagnoses. Unesco-IIEP. doc. iiep .unesco.org/cgi-bin/wwwi32.exe/%5Bin=epidoc1.in%5D/?
  • Wijesundera. S, Teacher Perceptions of the National Policy on Primary Education In Little Angela. (ed.) (2000) Primary Education Reforms in Sri Lanka . Sri Lanka: Educational Publications Department, Ministry of Education and Higher Education.Available online at http://angelawlittle.net/wpcontent/uploads/2012/07/PrimaryEdReformSriLankaFull.pdf#page=98
Journal Articles
Conference Papers
  • Wijesundera. S, Yatigammana Ekanayake T.M.S.S.K, Medagedara. G, “Now I have a place in my class” : Outcomes of an action research study on improving Mathematics achievements of students in selected schools, Peradeniya University International Research Sessions (iPURSE 2014), University of Peradeniya,Sri Lanka 4 th -5 th July 2014
  • Yatigammana Ekanayake T.M.S.S.K, Wijesundera S, K. Samarakoon, “Effective way of facilitating outside science learning activities using mobile phones in a private network”, International Peradeniya University Research Sessions (iPURSE14), University of Peradeniya,Sri Lanka 4 July 2014.
  • Sethunga P., Wijesundera S., Embekke S., Bandara B., (2013). School based mentoring in Postgraduate Teacher Education: Expectations, Realities and Possibilities from the perspective of student Teachers, International Research Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Sri Jayawardenapura, 4 th and 5 th December 2013
  • Wijesundera. S, A Model for Understanding Student Learning in Undergraduate Education, Subhashinie Wijesundera, Roger Murphy World Education Research Association (WERA) Focal meeting 2012, University of Sydney, Australia, 2 nd -6 th December 2012 Abstract available online at http://www.aare.edu.au/publications-database.php/7273/A-model-for-understanding-student-learning-in-undergraduate-education-
  • Wijesundera. S, Expansive learning among undergraduates in the social sciences in Sri Lanka, Subhashinie Wijesundera, and Roger Murphy, Jaffna University International Research Conference-2012, 20 th -21 st July 2012
  • Wijesundera. S, Transforming Undergraduate Education in the Social Sciences in Sri Lanka, Subhashinie Wijesundera, Roger Murphy and Ruolan Wang . The first International conference in the social sciences and the humanities, Univerity of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 16 th -17 th December 2011
  • Wijesundera. S, Professional Support for Primary School Teachers: Expectations, reality and possibilities. National Conference: Have the Primary Education Reforms had any effect?, 8 th -9 th February 2003, National Institute of Education, Sri Lanka
  • Team member, Transforming Teacher Education in Sri Lanka: National Study on the Professional Development of Teachers and Teacher Educators, National Education Commission, 2013
  • District coordinator, Capacity Development of disadvantaged schools in Sri Lanka, A project funded by Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and implemented by the Department of Education Management Development, National Institute of Education, Sri Lanka, 1995
  • Team member, Teacher Attendance study, Research Study funded by the World Bank, 1990

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