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Dr Amit Dhakulkar

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research
Qualification

Ph.D. in Science Education, HBCSE, TIFR,
M.Sc. in Physics

Academic

Ph.D. in Science Education (2018)

Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.

Topic of Research: Graphicacy issues in school textbooks and designing learning contexts to address them

 

Master of Science (2005)

Department of Physics, University of Pune
Subject: Physics
Specialisation: Astronomy and Astrophysics
Project Work: Study of Moíre phenomena and Glass patterns.

 

 

Bachelor of Science (2001)

Fergusson College, University of Pune
Major Subject: Physics
Specialisation: Astronomy
Project Work: Study of Charge Coupled Devices.

 

 

My research interest is in the area of graphicacy in general and the use of graphs in particular. Graphicacy is understood in a broad sense as the ability to understand and create graphics. My work includes developing activities with emphasis on graphs and handling real-world data.

I am also interested in exploring the use of technology to change the learning experiences in science and mathematics. Towards this end, I have designed and developed two digital literacy courses. 

I am also interested in the history and philosophy of science, and science and mathematics popularisation. In particular, I am interested in the historical evolution of scientific ideas. 

 

 

2018

Zone of proximal development in the era of Exploring the transient phenomena of elec- tromagnetic induction. Amit Dhakulkar, Rafikh Shaikh, Nagarjuna G. In S. Ladage and S. Narvekar (Eds.), Proceedings of epiSTEME 7 ? International Conference to Review Research on Science, Technology and Mathematics Education, p. 214?221 . India: Cinnamon Teal

Preparing for Open Educational Pedagogy Amit Dhakulkar, Nagarjuna G. presented online at OE Global Conference, Delft, The Netherlands. April 2018.


2017

Chapter 5: ICT and Education in CSSTE Evaluation Report (2017) carried out for MHRD, Government of India, TISS, Mumbai.

A slate for every child: rethinking education in the age of computers May-June 2017, Teacher Plus Magazine/

Chapter 4: Science Education in the Information and Communication Technology in course book on Interactive science teaching (Reflective Teaching with ICT Course), TISS, Mumbai.


2016


Invitation to CLIx: Teacher Manual

I2c Team September 2016, TISS, Mumbai

Invitation to CLIx: Student Handbook

I2c Team April 2016, TISS, Mumbai


2015


Exploring the transient phenomena of electromagnetic induction.

Amit Dhakulkar, Samir Dhurde, Nagarjuna G. epiSTEME 6 Proceedings, (Eds.) S. Chandrashekharan, S. Murthy Cinnamonteal, G. Banerjee, A. Muralidhar 276-280 December 2015

Digital Literacy Course Information Booklet

Amit Dhakulkar, Chandita Mukherjee, Nagarjuna G., Arun Ganesh, Haimanti Pakrashi January 2015, TISS, Mumbai

Digital Literacy Course Assessment Cards

Amit Dhakulkar, Nagarjuna G., January 2015, TISS, Mumbai

Measuring the mustard seed: an exercise in indirect measurement and mathematical modelling.
Amit Dhakulkar, Samir Dhurde, Nagarjuna G.
School Science Review, 96(356), 63-68 March 2015


2013


Measuring the mustard seed: A first exercise in modelling the real world.

Amit Dhakulkar, Nagarjuna G., Samir Dhurde
Proceedings of epiSTEME 5 International Conference to Review Research on Sci- ence, Technology and Mathematics Education, Mumbai, India.


2011


An Analysis of Graphs in School Textbooks
Amit Dhakulkar and Nagarjuna G.
Proceedings of epiSTEME 4 International Conference to Review Research on Sci- ence, Technology and Mathematics Education, Mumbai, India.

Epicyclical Astronomy: A Case for Geogebra

Amit Dhakulkar and Nagarjuna G.
Proceedings of epiSTEME 4 International Conference to Review Research on Sci- ence, Technology and Mathematics Education, Mumbai, India.

Geography to Physics: How does geography help students learn motion?

Amit Dhakulkar and Nagarjuna G.
Proceedings of the 6th Open Knowledge Conference Berlin, Germany, 2011.


2008


Mathematical Literacy And Situated Social Knowledge: Understanding Revolving Credit Situated Social Knowledge
Amit Dhakulkar, K. Subramaniam
Proceedings of 31st Indian Social Science Congress, Mumbai, India


2003


Radio emission and the optical isophotal twist of radio-loud ellipticals

Gopal-Krishna, Amit R. Dhakulkar, Paul J. Wiita, Samir Dhurde Astronomy and Astrophysics 410 (2003) 139

Projects

 

Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) (April 2015 to date) I was one of the lead designer and developer of the Invitation to CLIx (i2C) an introductory course in the CLIx project. My responsibilities included designing the course modules, pilot testing of the course on the field, providing training of trainers and supporting the implementation of the course.  I have also designed and developed the Linear equations module in the CLIx mathematics offering.

 

Digital Literacy Course, NUSSD Programme (August 2013 - January 2015) I was part of the team that designed and developed the Digital Literacy online course of the National University Student Skill Development Programme of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. My responsibilities included designing the course modules, pilot testing of the course on the field, providing training of trainers and supporting the implementation of the course. 

 

Development of learning materials

I have been involved in designing and developing teaching-learning materials at various levels, including design, development and authoring of MOOCs.

Handbook of Activities for Summer Camp in Astronomy conducted annually at IUCAA, Pune, India.


Lead designer and developer of a digital literacy course for undergraduate students under the National University Student Skills Development (NUSSD) programme. This course was hosted on the OpenEdX platform.


Lead designer and developer of the Invitation to CLIx (I2C) course for the Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) programme. This included creating student as well as teacher support materials. 

Lead designer and developer of the Linear Equations module in CLIx mathematics offering. This included creating student as well as teacher support materials.

Teacher Training Workshops

Since 2009, I have been a resource person for several teacher training workshops on Free Software in education held across the country. These workshops were done for teachers from primary to college level and included hands-on sessions with teachers and teacher trainers. I was also part of the organizing team in many of these workshops.

I have been also involved in master teacher training workshops for National University Student Skills Development (NUSSD) programme (2012-2014).

Over the last three years (from 2015) I have undertaken several workshops for teachers and teacher trainers in the context of Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) programme.

 

One Laptop Per Child, India

I am also the part of the ongoing pilot project of One Laptop Per Child project in India since 2009.

Workshops for students

I have been part of Summer Astronomy Camp for School Students from 2011 at Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune. I have also been part of organizing and conducting workshops on Free Software for school children.

Mentoring Projects

I have been mentoring engineering students for project work since 2008. The projects involved making prototype of real-world data acquisition and subsequent presentation and analysis.

 

 

Over the years I have taught various courses at the undergraduate, masters and graduate levels.

Undergraduate Level:

History of Science ( with Prof. Nagarjuna G.) at Centre for Excellence in Basic Sci- ences, Mumbai 2010 and 2011

 

Masters Level:

Child Development, Cognition and Learning 1 - MAEE, TISS, Mumbai (2016)

Child Development, Cognition and Learning 2 - MAEE, TISS, Mumbai (2016, 2018)

ICT and Education - MAEE, TISS, Mumbai (2016)

Material Design and Development - MAEE, TISS, Mumbai (2016)

Pedagogy of Science - MAEE, TISS, Mumbai (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

Child Development, Cognition and Learning 1 - MAE Afghanistan (2018)

Pedagogy of Science - MAE Afghanistan (2018)

 

Graduate Level:

Philosophy of Science (as a tutor) at Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR, Mumbai 2010 and 2011

Designing and Developing Games for Learning at (MPhil-PhD Programme) CEIAR, TISS, Mumbai 2018

Email: amit.dhakulkar[at]tiss[dot]edu