Educational Qualifications:
B. A. in Education , Kyoto University of Education, Japan, March 1990M. A. in Education Kyoto University of Education (Educational Administration) Japan, March 1993PhD in Education University of Tsukuba (Educational Administration) Japan, January 1998.
Appointments (Selected) :
Associate Professor, Department of Education, Faculty of Arts,Director, Arts Education Unit, Faculty of Arts July 2014 – to dateHead, Department of Education ,Faculty of Arts 2005 – 2011Acting Director, Staff Development Centre, University of Peradeniya January –April 2007Senior Lecturer , Department of Education,Faculty of Arts January 1999 –November 2009
Memberships & Awards :
Research Team Leader, National Research Study on the Professional Development of Teachers and Teacher Educators, National Education Commission. (2013)Fellowship, Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne (2009)Research Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia. From March to May 2009Gold Medal, Best presentation, International Symposium on Issues and Challenges of the 21 st Century, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka (2006)Fellowship of the Centre for Research on International Cooperation in Educational Development (CRICED), University of Tsukuba, Japan (2005)
Research Intersests :
Educational Administration and Leadership, Teacher Development and School Based Teacher Education, Comparative Education, Japanese Culture and Education, Classroom Management and Curriculum Development at Primary Level Education, Higher Education, Inclusive Education, Bilingual Education, Japanese Language Education
Research Publications :
Gamage D. T. and Sethunga P., (2010) Chapter 23: Developments in Sri Lankan System of Education: 3 rd Century BC to the 21 st Century. In Yong Zhao, Jing Lei, Guofang Li, Ming Fang He, Kaori Okano, Nagwa Megahed, David Gamage and Hema Ramnathan (Eds.) Handbook of Asian Education: A cultural perspective , New York and London Routledge Taylor and Francis Group 2010, pp.403-424

Sethunga P. (2010). Sri Lanka in progress towards “Education for All, by 2015”: The Challenges of Broadening the Boundaries of Education while Maintaining the Quality of Learning, Japan Education Forum VII: Collaboration towards Greater Autonomy in Educational Development, pp 39-47.

Kuwahata M., Furuta H., Sethunga P. (2008). Dietary Education in Sri Lanka (II): with a Particular Reference to “Environmental Related Activities” in Grade 3, 4 & 5 at Primary Education. The Humanities, Faculty of Education, University of Kumamoto, Japan 2008, November Vol. 57, pp 1-23.

Sethunga P., (2006). Japanese Teaching Strategies and Classroom Management Styles: Lessons from the Japanese Primary School Teachers through Classroom Observation. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Issues & Challenges of the 21 st Century, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. pp 203-210

Sethunga P. (1995). Education assistance projects of Japanese ODA to Sri Lanka and problems in the decision – making Process, Bulletin of the JEAS, Japan Educational Administration Society, No. 21, pp 252-267