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Sindhu Mathai


Sindhu is a faculty member at the School of Education, and has been with the Azim Premji University since 2011. She has a background in science education, having completed a Ph.D. from the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai, within the area of visuospatial reasoning among middle school children. She has also briefly, engaged with research in animal behaviour, and worked as a teacher of biology at The School, Krishnamurthy Foundation of India, Chennai.

Academic Qualifications
  • Ph.D. Science Education
  • M.Sc. Forensic Science
  • B.Sc. Zoology

Curriculum Studies, Science Education, Curricular Material Development in Science, Educational Assessment, Introduction to Research, Evolution: A Journey through Life and Science.

Areas of Interest

Curriculum Studies, Science Education, Gender and Science, Educational Assessment

Research Interests

Biology education, Curriculum development and pedagogy of science, Informal science learning, Children's drawings, Visuospatial reasoning, History of science, Alternative schooling.

Publications and Writings
  • Mathai, S. (in preparation). School Science and Career Aspirations: Reflections on 'science for all'.
  • Mathai, S. (2014). The role of science textbooks in influencing pedagogical practices: implications for teacher education. In Focus 2.0. February 2014.
  • Mathai, S. (2013). Have humans evolved from apes? An inquiry based approach to understanding evolution. In Learning Curve, Issue on Innovative Teaching Learning Practices, XIX, April 2013. Bengaluru: Azim Premji University.
  • Mathai, S. (2013). Schematisation in biological diagrams: A historical analysis. In Nagarjuna, G., Jamakhandi, A. and Sam, E.M. (Ed.). Proceedings of the Conference episteme-5, Mumbai: Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR.
  • Mathai, S. (2012). Deconstructing theory practice debates in education: Analogues from Mathematical Biology and Cognitive Science. Proceedings of the Regional Seminar on the Philosophy of Education, 3-5 Oct. 2012, Puducherry. Bengaluru: Azim Premji University.
  • Mathai, S. (2011). Visuals and Visualisation of the human body in middle school students. Saarbrucken, Germany: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.
  • Mathai, S. and Ramadas, J. (2009). Visuals and Visualisation of Human Body Systems. In International Journal of Science Education, Visual and Spatial Modes in Science Learning, 31 (3), pp: 431-458.
  • Ramadas, J. and Mathai, S. (2008). Book Review. Visualization in Science Education. John K. Gilbert (Ed.), 2005 Dodrecht: Springer. International Journal of Science Education 30 (15), pp: 2091-2096.
  • Mathai, S. and Ramadas, J. (2007). Visualising structure and function of the digestive system. Abstract for Gordon Research Conference on Visualization in Science and Education, Bryant University, RI, USA.
  • Mathai, S. (2007). Visual Thinking in the Classroom: Insights from the research literature. In Natarajan, C and Choksi, B (Eds.) Proceedings of the Conference epiSTEME-2, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai: Macmillan.
  • Mathai, S. and Ramadas, J. (2006). The visual and verbal as modes to express understanding of the human body, In Barker-Plummer, D, Cox, R. and Swoboda N. (Eds.) Diagrammatic Representation and Inference, Diagrams 2006, LNAI 4045, pp: 173-175. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
  • Mathai, S. and Ramadas, J. (2004). Putting Imagery back into Learning: The Case of Drawings in Human Physiology, Proceedings of the Conference epiSTEME-1, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai.
  • Ramadas, J., Kawalkar, A. M., Mathai, S. (2004). Small Science Class 1 & 2 Teacher's Book (English), Mumbai: Oxford University Press.
On-going Projects

Exploring meaning-making through informal science learning programs

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