Prof. Manjula Vithanapathirana

Department of Educational Psychology

University of Colombo, Sri Lanka



2005 Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Institute of Education (IOE), University of London, United Kingdom

2007 M. A., Postgraduate Institute of Buddhist and Pali Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

2006 Post Graduate Diploma in Buddhist studies, Postgraduate Institute of Buddhist and Pali Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

1998 Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, Staff Development Centre, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

1997 Master of Education, Open University of Sri Lanka

Publications (Selected)

  1. Vithanapathirana, M. V and Nettikumara, N. A. L. A. (2020) Improving Secondary Science lessons through Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in Sri Lanka, International Online Journal of Education and Teaching (IOJET) Vol.7 (1), 141-148
  2. Udagama, P., Wijayanama, C. and Vithanapathirana, M. (2019) “An innovation in Career Guidance in Higher education: Effectiveness and Sustainability of Institutionalization of Service Learning in the University of Colombo", IEEE Xplore 2019 Conference Series, From Innovation to Impact (FITI), 1-5
  3. Vithanapathirana, M. V. (2018). Embedding soft skills to the teacher education undergraduate curriculum: perceptions of faculty and students, International Journal of Professional Development Vol.7 (2). ISSN 2279-0659
  4. Abeygunawardena, K.A. V. and Vithanapathirana, M. V. (2019). The Role of Teacher to address issues of disruptive behaviour of student learners in Mathematics classrooms: A study in the Sri Lankan context, PUPIL- International Journal of Teaching, Education and Learning, Vol. 2 (3) (ISSN-2457-0648), 152-173.
  5. Vithanapathirana, M. V. (2013). Critical Psychology in Sri Lanka: the Buddhist psychological perspective. Annual Review of Critical Psychology, 10: Critical Psychology in a changing world; Building bridges and expanding the dialogue. (ISSN 1746-739X).
  6. Nettikumara, N. A.L.A. & Vithanapathirana, M. (2015). CLIL in secondary Science: Reorganizing the monolingual curricula for bilingual education in Sri Lanka, In Dawn Garbett and Alan Ovens (Eds) Teaching for Tomorrow Today, Auckland: Edify Ltd
  7. Vithanapathirana, M.V. (2013) Diagnostic Testing of Learning Difficulties and Remedial Education Intervention for Improving Teaching and Learning in Primary Classes in Sri Lanka. Evelin Witruk and Arndt Wilcke (Eds.) Historical and Cross- cultural Aspects of Psychology. Peter Lang publishers
  8. Vithanapathirana, M. V. (2006) Adapting the primary mathematics curriculum to the multigrade classroom in rural Sri Lanka. In A. Little (Ed.) Education for All and Multigrade Teaching: challenges and opportunities. Amsterdam: Springer 2006
  9. Vithanapathirana, M,V. (2010) Volitional action as a personality construct: A comparison between the Buddhist view and the Cognitive-social perspective in western Psychology. Prof. K. Sinnathamby felicitation volume
  10. Vithanapathirana, M.V. (2004) Multigrade teaching in rural Sri Lanka: Prevalence, invisibility and necessity. Professor. S. Sandrasegaram Felicitation Volume

Profile Details