Dr Chandrika Devarakonda

Senior Lecturer

I joined University of Chester in September 2005 as a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Children's services. I have taught on various modules on the BA Early Childhood Studies at different levels as well as on BA Early years programme.

Overview

 

Currently I am involved in research projects relating to inclusion and international perspectives in early childhood provision. I am keen to extend my teaching experiences as well as broaden my research interests.

I have reviewed various teachers TV programmes and some articles related to inclusion and early childhood. I have written a chapter in a book titled Get Global! a practical guide to integrating the global dimension into the primary curriculum.

I obtained my PhD degree from the University of Manchester. My work addressed perceptions of parents and teachers about educational provision for children with Down syndrome. I have been involved in several conferences presenting research papers. Further, I have been involved in writing a distance learning programme for a Master's module at the University of Birmingham.

 

In the past, I have had experience working with disabled children in different contexts with various job roles such as special educator, co-ordinator in a community based rehabilitation (CBR) project in India. I was also co-ordinated a project to provide training (basic and refresher training) for community workers.

Working in communities directly at grass roots level enabled me to develop an insight into how to meet the needs of children with disabilities and their families. The CBR project was recognized for its work done in the community and was awarded the best CBR project in the country (India) within two years. I was actively involved in organizing a national seminar and presenting a paper which was highly commended.

In the UK, I have volunteered in several organizations ranging from geriatric wards in hospitals, a secondary school for children with learning disabilities and Stockport Mind - an organization for mentally ill people. Part time jobs involved taking part in a research project at Salford University in addition to working in a community based project and in a children's centre. The voluntary work and part - time jobs enabled me to analyse a range of caring settings and their work ethos.

I worked in an FE college as a main grade lecturer in Child Studies during which time I was responsible for developing short courses and teaching on mainstream courses in the college and in the wider community.

Teaching

My teaching covered various modules on child Studies as well as health and social care programmes at different levels.