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Prof M.E S Perera

Marie E.S. Perera is a Professor in Humanities Education and Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka where she has been serving since 1995. In addition, Before being appointed as the Dean of the Faculty she served as the Head of the Department of Humanities Education for six years from 2002- 2008. She also served as the Director , Staff Development Centre of the University of Colombo from 2008-2009.she has also extended her services to the Ministry of Education, National Education Commission, The National Institute of Education, NGOs and private sector organizations during the past decade. She has presented many research papers at international conferences and has also published several research articles in reputed local and international journals. Her research interests have been on Teacher Education, language learning, with special emphasis on the teaching of English as a second Language at school level.
Professor Perera obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Arts from the University of Peradeniya in 1983 and Post Graduate Diploma in Education ( Teaching of English as a Second Language), Master of Philosophy in Education and the Master of Science in Applied Psychology from the University of Colombo in 1990, 1993 and 2003 respectively. Her Doctoral degree in Education was obtained from the University of Wollongong, Australia in 2002.
Personal Information

Professor Marie E.S. Perera

Dean/Education
Professor in Humanities Education

 

Educational Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts - Subjects : English, Economics, French - University of Peradeniya , Sri Lanka

Master of Philosophy in Education - University of Colombo , Sri Lanka

Master of Science in Applied Psychology - University of Colombo , Sri Lanka

Doctor of Philosophy - (TESOL) – University of Wollongong , Australia

 

Professional Qualifications

English Trained Teachers’ Certificate – Teachers’ College Maharagama

Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Teaching of English as a Second Language) – Merit Pass, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Certified as a trainer of Online Tutors and Mentors by the Distance Education Partnership Programme of the Distance Education Modernization Project of the Ministry of Higher Education, Sri Lanka.

Awarded the certificate of Accreditation of Senior Teachers in Higher Education (ASTHE – 2005-06) by the Staff Development Centre, University of Colombo.

 

Employment Records

Dean (since August 2010)
Faculty of Education, University of Colombo

Director
Staff Development Centre ( 2008 -2009)
University of Colombo

Head of Department ( 2002-2008 September, 2010 May to July)
Department of Humanities Education

Professor in Humanities Education 2007

Senior Lecturer Grade II – from 2001

Probationary Lecturer in Humanities Education-1995-2001

Secondary school teacher 1983-1995

 

Personal Research

Role of classroom interaction in second language learning in Sri Lanka . (2002) Unpublished: Dissertation submitted to the University of Wollongong in fulfilment of the requirement for the Doctor of Philosophy of Education.

Motivation as a contributing factor in second language learning : A case study of a disadvantaged school setting. (2003) Dissertation Submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo in partial fulfilment of the Master of Science in Applied Psychology

How effective is the distance mode in teaching English to teacher trainees?(1995) Dissertation Submitted to the Faculty of Education, University of Colombo in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the award of the Master of Philosophy in Education.

Coping with student heterogeneity in the English Language classrooms – a collaborative action research funded by the National Education Commission, Sri Lanka -2009

 

Joint Research

Early dropout of girls from schools in the Free Trade Zone areas and their awareness and conformity to new laws in the Marriage Registration Act [A study conducted in the Gampaha District]. (2002). Sponsored by the National Committee on Women; Colombo – Sri Lanka.

Research Team Member - Assessment of Minimum Learning Competencies (MLC) for effective school learning.: A national level assessment administered at completion of the primary cycle. A collaborative research project conducted by NIE and NEREC, University of Colombo.(2004)

Research Team Member - National assessment of achievement of grade four pupils in Sri Lanka (2003) NEREC: Faculty of Education, University of Colombo.

Research Team Leader – Survey of status of second national language teaching and learning in Colleges of Education. 2006 (Funded by the GTZ Project)

Resource person - Baseline survey of impact evaluation of School Based Management. (Funded by the World Bank)

 

Research Publications

“The learning teacher, experiential learning and the teaching practice cycle”. Paper presented at the 7th ASIA TEFL international conference . Queens Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, 7th -9th August 2009.

Coping with student heterogeneity in the English Language classrooms in Sri Lanka paper presented at the Academic sessions. 2008 University of Colombo

 “Student heterogeneity – the reality of the Sri Lankan ESL classrooms” Paper presented at the 6th ASIA TEFL conference Bali, Indonesia 1-3 August, 2008

 “Overcoming learned helplessness’ Paper presented at the PGIE Research Form. Open University of Sri Lanka.14 December 2007

“An example of a qualitative study” Paper presented at the workshop on capacity building in Education Research. Auditorium, Ministry of Education. November, 23 rd 2007;

‘How to motivate the unmotivated? “Plenary at the Conference for RESC staff conducted by the National Institute of Education on 03.11.2006.

“English for all” and English Language Teaching at Primary Level. Paper presented at the Fourth International Conference of the Sri Lanka English Language Teachers Association – English for Equality, Employment and Empowerment August – 4 -6, September 2006. Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies. Colombo , Sri Lanka

“Why not but I can't” – Influence of a ‘culture of poverty' on learning: A case study. Paper presented at the 10 th Anniversary International symposium The issues and challenges of the 21 st century. 4 th -8 th July 2006 , Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka .

“Apprenticeship and Guided Participation” in University English Language Teaching. Paper presented at the Enhancing University ELT Conference. 2-4 June 2006. Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies. Colombo , Sri Lanka

The effect of western colonization on ‘school cultures’ and its impact on learning and teaching English. Paper presented at the 10th international conference on Sri Lanka Studies. 16th -18th December 2005. University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka  

Making Teacher Education interactive – University of Colombo experience. Joint presentation with Prof. S. Wijetunge. South Asian Consortium for Teacher Education and Development (SACTED) theme seminar,20 th May 2005.Colombo

Learning the second language in a disadvantaged school setting: Is ‘learned helplessness’ – a cause for failure to learn the second language? Paper presented at the conference on Sri Lanka; Challenges of a society in transition. 16 – 18 December 2004. Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.

Merging of context and methodology : M.Ed in TESOL curriculum in Sri Lanka – A pioneer effort. A paper presented at the International seminar on Effective (English) Language management in SAARC countries 14 – 15 October, 2004. Indo-American Centre for International Studies, Hyderabad, India. 

 English medium education and higher education. Paper presented at the Forum on “English medium Education in Sri Lanka: Relevance and feasibility. Trans Asia Hotel, Colombo. 19th July 2004.

 Developing multiple textbooks for the Sri Lankan classrooms; Issues and challenges. Paper presented at the 2nd International conference of the Sri Lanka English Teachers’ Association. 30 –1 September 2002. Colombo

 Education system and the women professionals in Sri Lanka. Key note address at the Business and professional club of Wollongong – International Night. 27th February 2001.Wollongong, NSW, Australia

 Communication or miscommunication – The case of second language acquisition in Sri Lankan classrooms. Paper presented at the Academic sessions 2000. 16th February, 2001. Faculty of Education University of Colombo.

 Role of Classroom interaction in second language acquisition in Sri Lanka. Paper presented at the 10th Research student Colloquium, July 21 – July 22, 2000.Graduate School of Education. University of Wollongong, Australia.

 Education Reforms and the changing perspectives of Teaching of English in Sri Lanka: Targets and challenges. Paper presented at the 7th Sri Lanka Studies Conference . 3-6 December1999. Canberra, Australia.

 

Publications

A chapter on English Language Education in Excellence and Equity in Education Report – World Bank – July 2010 –June 2011 ( in print)

Merging of context and methodology : M.Ed. in TESOL curriculum in Sri Lanka – a pioneer Effort. ( 2007) In Negotiating Empowerment.. Orient Longman: Hyderabad.

“Why not but I can’t” – Influence of a ‘culture of poverty’ on learning: A case study. Sabaragamuwa University Journal. Volume 6. No. 1 December 2006.

 Learning English in a disadvantaged school setting: A case for empowering the ‘learned helpless’ student (2006) in Sri Lanka, Challenges of a Society in Transition, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.

 The need for merging of context and methodology in the teaching of English in Sri Lanka.(2004) in Professor Sandarasegaram Felicitation Volume. Colombo: Kumaran Press

 How to develop your reading skills. (2000). In Adhyapana Vimarshana.Colombo; Sridevi Printers.

 Role of attitudes in learning English in Sri Lanka: Has there been a change after Independence? (2000) in Developments in Education. 25thAnniversary Volume. The Faculty of Education University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Awards and Distinctions

Professional Development of Teacher Educators Fellowship to University of Wollongong to pursue Doctoral Studies - Funded by the World Bank (1998-2001)

Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) award to participate in Information Technology Management – a holistic approach to Information Communication Technology Course at LIFE academy, Karlsted, Sweden - 2004

Dean/Education
Professor in Humanities Education