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Dr Sonia Sawhney

Assistant Professor , Hyderabad campus

Azim Premji School of Education
Qualification

B.A. English (Hons) - Delhi University;
B.Ed.- Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU);
M.A. English - IGNOU;
M.Ed. - Osmania University
M.Phil. in Educational Research - The University of Cambridge;
Ph.D. in Education - Osmania University

I am working with TISS as Assistant Professor since 2013 where I develop and conduct courses for the MA and MPhil in Education programs and supervise and guide M.Phil., MA and BA dissertations. I also conceptualize and organise workshops on Disability, Education and Policy. My research interests include Equity, Social Justice, Inclusive Education and Socio-emotional Development and Well-being in schools. I pursue these interests by engaging in teaching, curriculum development and organizing workshops for students, teachers and teacher educators. I have undertaken studies that involved content analysis of textbooks and explored the role of policy and philosophical underpinnings that management upholds as factors motivating the adoption of inclusive practices in their schools. My MPhil. and doctoral research in the field of education has involved engaging with educational experiences, disciplinary practices and emotional well-being in inclusive primary schools. Before moving to higher education and research, I have worked as a teacher and junior head mistress at the primary school level where I was involved with training and guiding teachers in developing effective Individualised Educational Plans and pedagogies, organizing awareness activities for students and conducting workshops for parents to enable schools to develop a whole school approach to inclusive education.

  • Teaching learning environments
  • Inclusive education and special educational needs
  • Disciplinary practices
  • Education of marginalized children
  • Social and emotional learning
  • Socio-cultural learning
  • Social justice and equity
  • Violence in schools

Journal Articles

  • Pappu, R. & Sawhney, S. (2019). Building effective school libraries: Lessons from the study of a library program in India. International Information & Library Review. 51(3). DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10572317.2018.1526617
  • Sawhney, S. (2017). Understanding the play of tacit social modelling in classroom interactions: A qualitative analysis. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03057925.2017.1339262
  • Sawhney, S. (2015). Unpacking the nature and practices of inclusive education: the case of two schools in Hyderabad, India. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 19(9) 887-907. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2015.1015178
  • Sawhney, S. (2014). Total quality management in teacher education: Who does the onus lie on? Edu Tracks, 5-7. ISSN: 0972-9844.
  • Ramakrishna, A., & Sawhney, S. (2012). Constructivist lesson planning: Theory and practice. Edusearch: Journal of Educational Research, 3(2), 121-127. ISSN: 0976-1160
  • Ramakrishna, A., Sawhney, S. & Shankaraiah, B. (2012). Research on issues of science education. University News, 50(39), 17-20.

Reports

  • Mehendale, A., Velugu, B., Ramchand, M., & Sawhney, S. (2019). N for Nose: Status of the Education Report for India 2019; Children with Disabilities. UNESCO, New Delhi. https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ ark:/48223/pf0000368780

Working Paper

  • Sawhney, S. (2014). Indian inclusive schools: Nature and practices, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Working Paper No 2.

Book Chapters

  • Sawhney, S. (2018). Tokenisation of children’s right to safe and protected environments – Indian teachers’ perspectives on school corporal punishment. In G.M. Sainz. & S. Ilie (Eds.), International Perspectives on Practice and Research into Children’s Rights. (pp.111-137). USA: Centre for Human Rights Studies. https://cedhmx.org/index.php/publicaciones/
  • Parvathy, B.S., & Sawhney, S. (2016). Exploring the role of ICT in enhancing academic self-concept of students labeled as low achievers. In A. Ramakrishna, A. S. Reddy, S. Anuganti, & P. Laxman (Eds.), ICT Management and Challenges. (pp.234-237). Hyderabad: Pragma Publications. ISBN: 978-93-84845-19-3
  • Sawhney, S. (2015). Disciplinary practices: Understanding stakeholders’ perceptions. In K. S. S. Reddy, R. K. Murthy, P. Shanker, & G. Madhukar (Eds.), Mental Health in Schools. (pp.26-32). Gujarat: Publish World. ISBN: 978-81-92891-05-7
  • Sawhney, S. (2012). Heeding to students’ voices in inclusive schools: A case study. In V.P. Matheswaran (Ed.), Policies and perspectives of inclusive education. (pp.225-230). Chennai: Dharma Publications. ISBN: 978-81-89843-52-6

Conference Papers

  • Sawhney, S. (2019). Parents’ constructs of personhood and educational experiences of their children with disabilities. Paper presented at the 63rd International Conference Education for Sustainability of the Comparative International Education Society, San Francisco, USA.
  • Sawhney, S.& Pappu, R. (2017). Equalizing educational and developmental opportunities through a library program in India. Paper presented at the 61th International Conference Problematizing (In)Equality: The Promise of Comparative and International Education of the Comparative International Education Society, Atlanta, USA.
  • Parvathy, B.S., & Sawhney, S. (2016). Exploring the role of ICT in enhancing academic self-concept of students labeled as low achievers. Paper presented at the International Conference Developing Thinking and Learning with ICT: Education for Future Needs, Osmania University, Hyderabad.
  • Sawhney, S. (2016). Identifying inclusive practices in the contextual setting of Indian inclusive schools. Paper presented at the 60th International Conference Sixty Years of Comparative and International Education: Taking Stock and Looking Forward of the Comparative International Education Society, Vancouver, Canada. 
  • Sawhney, S. (2015). Understanding the play of tacit social modeling in classroom interactions. Paper presented at the 6th International Conference Education: Domination, Emancipation and Dignity of the Comparative Education Society of India, Azim Premji University, Bangalore.
  • Sawhney, S. (2014). Disciplinary practices: Understanding Stakeholders’ perceptions. Paper presented at the National workshop on Mental Health and Wellbeing: Implications for School Education, Osmania University, Hyderabad.
  • Sawhney, S. (2014). Inclusive Education for social justice. Paper presented at the 5th International Conference Education, Politics and Social Change of the Comparative Education Society of India, University of Delhi, Delhi.
  • Sawhney, S. (2013). Open education resources – Issues and practices. Paper presented at the seminar on Practices and initiatives of technologies in teaching-learning, Osmania University, Hyderabad. 
  • Sawhney, S. (2012). Inclusive Education – Are teachers equipped for inclusion? Paper presented at the 46th National Conference Teacher Education & Community Development of the Indian Association of Teacher Educators, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad. 
  • Sawhney, S. (2012). Analysis of peer assessment of M.Ed. Students. Paper presented at the National seminar on Reforms in Examinations: Higher Education Perspective, Osmania University, Hyderabad. 
  • Sawhney, S. (2012). Heeding to students’ voices in inclusive schools: A Case study. Paper presented at the National seminar on Inclusive education: Vision to Practice, University of Madras, Chennai. 
  • Sawhney, S. (2009). Value education in Nation Building. Paper presented at the seminar on Issues in Education, Osmania University, Hyderabad. 
  • Sawhney, S. (2006). Local and Global Concerns in the Profession of Teaching. Paper presented at the National Seminar on Teacher Education: A Futuristic View, Amity Institute of Education, New Delhi.
  • Needs Assessment Study in Neighborhood Communities (and schools within these communities) of Balaji Cement Works, sponsored by Ultratech Cement, Co-Investigator with Dr. Srinivas Surisetti and Dr. Sunayna Swain, 2018.
  • Midterm Review of KalaMytrah Project, sponsored by Mytrah, Principal Investigator, 2018.
  • School Library Program of Basic Research and Development (BREAD) Society: An Assessment, sponsored by Wipro Applying Thought In Schools (WATIS), Co-Investigator with Dr. Rekha Pappu, 2017.
  • Schools for Children with Disabilities in Hyderabad: Identifying and understanding the inclusionary practices. Commissioned by Nayi Disha, Principal Investigator, 2014.

2013-Present   Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad

  • Introduction to Social Science and Education Research (MPhil Education)
  • Sociology of Education (MPhil/.M.A. Education)
  • Philosophy of Education (M.Phil./M.A. Education)
  • Education of Children with Special needs (M.A. Education)
  • Introduction to Educational Research (M.A. Education)
  • Education Research Methods (M.A. Education)
  • Management and Administration in Education (M.A. Education)
  • Understanding Education (B.A. Social Sciences)

 2011-2013     Osmania University, Hyderabad (As JRF)

  •  Educational Administration, Planning and Finance (M.Ed.)
  • Research Methods (Pre-Ph.D. Education)
  • Teacher Education (M.Ed.)

 2004-2005 and 2009-2010       Primary grade Teacher

  • English
  • Environmental Studies

Email: sonia.sawhney[at]tiss[dot]edu