Dr. Poornima Rajendran

Dr. Poornima Rajendran

Name: Dr. Poornima Rajendran
Designation: Assistant Professor
Phone: 04366-277230
Email: poornimarajendran@cutn.ac.in


Biographic Sketch:
Poornima Rajendran, after completing her B.Sc., B.Ed., and M.Ed. Programme pursued her M.Sc. in Applied Psychology from Annamalai University and her Ph.D. from Dravidian University. She has been honored with the Smt. Malini Lionel Award for her excellence in Special Education and Rehabilitation at the graduate level and has secured proficiency prizes throughout her academic career. She has been awarded the Young Guest and Doctoral Researchers’ Annual Scholarship for Investigation and Learning (Yggdrasil) in Norway during the academic year 2011–12 for pursuing post-doctoral research on inclusive education practices in Norway. She authored two research books on Education and also published more than fifty papers, both theoretical and empirical base on various aspects of Education, Special Education, and Disability Studies in peer-reviewed journals. Apart from this, she is an RCI-registered professional special educator. She worked as a Project Fellow for a period of 3 years in the U.G.C. Major Research Project. Before joining the Central University of Tamil Nadu, she worked as an Assistant Professor in Education for three years at the Central University of Orissa, Koraput. Also, she was awarded a major research project in 2017 focusing on the professional development of teachers with respect to Inclusive education, funded by the ICSSR.

Research Highlights :

Specialized in educational psychology, inclusive education, and special education research. Her research interests center on teacher education, which includes the professional development of student teachers, teachers, and teacher educators to address the challenges of implementing inclusive education. Also, she explores how partnerships among varied stakeholders facilitate successful inclusive education practices.

Recent Publications :

Rajendran, P. and Elavarasi, D. (2021). It is possible to teach these students only with parents' support - understandings of teachers on partnerships for inclusive education, in C. Vanitha (ed.), Recent Trends in Inclusive Education, New Delhi: Today and Tomorrow's Printers and Publishers. pp. 41-60.

Rajendran, P., Athira, B. K., & Elavarasi, D. (2020). Teacher Competencies for Inclusive Education: Will Emotional Intelligence do Justice?, Journal of Education, 9 (1), 169–182. https://doi.org/10.34293/ education.v9i1.3494
Rajendran, P. and Elavarasi, D. (2020). Discourses of teachers on strategies used to teach students with special educational needs (SWSEN) in inclusive classrooms, EDUTracks, 19 (8), 26–35

Padmanaban, S., Rajendran, P., Davis, P. and Velayutham, P. (2022). Knowledge, attitude, and practices towards COVID-19 among higher education students in India: a cross-sectional study. Journal of Public Health (Berl.) 30, 1661–1673. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10389-021-01561-7.

Rajendran, P. and Dhanushya, V. (2022). Emotional Intelligence (EI) of School Teachers: Implications for School Leadership, Journal of Frontiers in Education.

Athira, B., & Rajendran, P. (2023). The social principle of inclusive education and addressing diversity in Indian schools: an appraisal of post-Salamanca initiatives in India. Journal of Education, 11(2), 92–99. DOI: https://doi.org/10.34293/ education.v11i2.4940.

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