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Dr Amina Charania

Associate Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research

Ph.D. Education,
M.Sc. Human Development,
M.Sc. Home Science (Human Development),
B.A. Psychology

Amina has a doctoral degree from Iowa State University in Education. She initiated and led the initiative called Integrated approach to Technology in Education (ITE), at Tata Trusts. ITE offers a pedagogic framework for authentic and connected learning which is integrated with the curriculum. ITE currently caters to over 30 thousand students from socially marginalized pockets in India. She also leads the Teacher Professional Development cell of the Connected Learning Initiative at TISS, which is a joint project with MIT. Over the years, she has gathered first-hand experience from the rural middle and secondary schools. This has guided her research work in the area of integrating ICT for enabling constructivist approaches in teaching and learning, and models of continuous professional development for government school teachers. In addition, her experience of working with multiple platforms across government run schools, community learning centers, and madrasas, has culminated into a new research interest. This research interest is related to studying the impact of formal and informal platforms in bridging the learning and opportunity gaps for some of the most marginalized children in India.

Teacher Professional Development, pedagogy and classroom processes, Constructivist approaches to teaching and leanring with ICT, Learners as producers of artefacts-digital agency 


Charania, A (2018). ICT in Education: Indicators for Meaningful Integration in Government Schools. Learning Curve, Issue 30.

Lewin, C. & Charania, A. (2018).  Bridging Formal and Informal Learning through Technology in the 21st Century: Issues and Challenges (In printing). Second Handbook of Information Technology in Primary and Secondary Education, Springer.

Cathy Lewin, Kwok-Wing Lai, Hans van Bergen, Amina Charania, Jean Gabin Ntebutse, Barry Quinn, Roger Sherman, David Smith:Integrating Academic and Everyday Learning Through Technology: Issues and Challenges for Researchers, Policy Makers and Practitioners. Technology, Knowledge and Learning 23(3): 391-407 (2018)

Davis, N., Leahy, M., Charania, A., Nordin, H., Orlic, D., Lewin, C. & Lopez, O. (2016). Global Learn 2016 Proceedings, AACE.

Charania, A., & Davis, N. (2016). A Smart Partnership: Integrating Educational Technology for Underserved Children in India. Educational Technology & Society, 19 (3), 99–109.

Leahy, M., Davis, N., Lewin, C., Charania, A., Nordin, H., Orlič, D., Butler, D., & Lopez-Fernadez, O. (2016). Smart Partnerships to Increase Equity in Education. Educational Technology & Society, 19 (3), 84–98.

Charania, A. (2016). Using 'Blended Learning' To Reform The Education System. Huffington Post.

Davis, N., Roblyer, M., Charania, A. & Ferdig, R. (2007) Illustrating the “Virtual” in Virtual Schooling: Challenges and Strategies for Creating Real Tools to Prepare Virtual Teachers. Internet in Higher Education, 10 (1)

Greder, K. & Charania, A. (2004). Entertainment Media Violence: Roles for Extension Professionals [Electronic Version]. Journal of Extension, 42 (5)

Youths’ perception on religion and their identity (1995-96). Tariqua and religious education Board, India 

Gender stereotyping in teachers’, development, implementation and evaluation of a consciousness raising program (1996-97). Nirmala Niketan College of Home Science 

Adolescent substance abuse (2001-2002). Iowa State University 

Iowa Centenarian study (2004-2005). Iowa State University 

Validating Geriatric Depression Scale (2003-2004). Iowa State University

Teacher Education Goes Into Virtual Schooling (2005-2010). Iowa State University. 

Impact of ITE initiative (2014-16). Tata Trusts 

Charania, A. ICT and Education, Tibetian Adminsitartion, November 2017

2019 TISS, MPhil PhD, Advances in ICT and Education

2017-19, TISS, MAEE Human Development Theories

2016 TISS, MAEE course ICT and Education, blended mode

2017 onwards: Certiifcte course on ICT and Education for School Teachers and DOET faculty

2015: IIM, Udaipur. Guest lecturer for trends in India education, education for minorities and education technology.

2003-2005: C I 201 Introduction to Instructional Technology, Curriculum and Instruction, Iowa State University

2002-2003; Teacher trainee, pre-school Palmer Child Lab, Iowa State University

1997-1998: Child Development and Classroom Management courses to preservice teachers, Mobile Crèches,      course affiliated to SNDT University

1995-1996: Teacher trainee at Carmel Convent, Mumbai

1993-1998: Teacher upper primary level at Aga Khan religious  school

1990-1992: Teacher trainee at kindergarten at Age Khan religious night school

Email: amina.charania[at]tiss[dot]edu