Prof. Manjula Vithanapathirana, Chair of Educational Psychology


  • PhD 2005

    Institute of Education (IOE) Improving multigrade teaching: Action research with teachers in rural Sri Lanka

    University of London

  • Merit pass 1992

    Post Graduate Diploma in Education

    Open University of Sri Lanka

  • M. A. 2006

    Buddhist and Pali Studies (Distinction pass) (English medium)

    Postgraduate Institute of Buddhist and Pali Studies, University of Kelaniya

  • Merit pass 2005

    Post Graduate Diploma in Buddhist Studies (English medium)

    Postgraduate Institute of Buddhist and Pali Studies, University of Kelaniya

  • 2nd class Lower 1984

    BSc Hons. (Zoology)

    University of Colombo

  • Master 1996

    Master of Education English medium

    Open University of Sri Lanka

Awards and Grants

  • 2003-2006
    Recipient of a research grant to the University of Colombo to conduct a study as an extension of the doctoral study conducted on Multigrade teaching
    Functioned as the Coordinator, of the research team for the study titled ‘ Multigrade Teaching: An Investigation (Phase 2), A collaborative international study between Institute of Education of the University of London; Faculty of Education of University of Colombo, and CERID of Tribhuvan University, Nepal) funded by Department for International Development (DFID), UK, 2003-2006
  • 2006
    Travel and hospitality awards and sponsorships
    Aga Khan Education Service/Pakistan, 2006
  • 1999
    awarded by the Institute of Education, University of London/DFID for a PhD in Multigrade teaching in small schools, 1999
    Involvement with other organizations
  • 2011
    Visiting Scholar
    US institute for Scholars and Secondary Educators, 6 weeks, Sponsored by USA State Department 2011
  • 2009
    Travel and hospitality
    award from University of Leipzig/Germany and Cape Peninsula University/South Africa to make conference presentations 2009
  • 2008
    Official Representative of SLAAS
    Indian Science Congress in 2008
  • 2008
    Travel and hospitality
    grant by UNICEF Eritrea to lead the teacher training on Multigrade teaching, 2008