Lakshman Wedikkarage

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♦ Doctor of Philosophy-2006(English as a medium of instruction for collegiate level science classes in Sri Lanka Theory,policy and practice)University of Oslo,Norway.

♦ Master of Philosophy-2001,University of Oslo, Norway.

♦ Postgraduate Diploma in English (Teaching English as a Second Language)-1996,University of Peradeniya,Sri Lanka.

♦ Bachelor of Arts Second Class Upper Division (Honours)-1994,University of kelaniya,Sri Lanka

Areas of Teaching

Comparative Education, Sociological Bases of Education, Educational Research Methodology

Areas of Research Interests

Language of Instruction in Education, Education Policy Analysis

Research Training

♦ August 2003 -University of Aalborg, Discourse Analysis: Key words; Analysis and Critique in Late Modernity, Discourse and Organisational Change, Critical Hyper Media Studies, Discourse and Organisational Change

♦ March 2003 -University of Lund, Solving Methodological Problems in Social Science

♦ Research in Asia – PhD Course related to Asian Research Methodology in Asia

♦ January 2003 -University of Oslo, Introduction to Quantitative Research methodology (PhD Course in statistics) University of Oslo

♦ May 2002 -University of Oslo, PhD Course in Discourse Analysis – A Qualitative Methods Course covering theories, methodologies and analytical approaches to Discourse Analysis. Course conducted by Pof. Klaus Brun Jensen of Copenhagen University.

♦ 1999-2001 -MPhil in Comparative and International Education (Two-year research degree) Key words: Development Education, Educational Policy and Leadership, Planning and Evaluation, Global Transformations, Globalisation and its Effect on Educational Reforms

♦ July 2000- Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies 2000 – University Of Oslo. The Globalisation Effect on Education. PhD Course conducted by Prof. Phillip W. Jones of Sydney University

Awards and Grants

♦ Scholarship to complete Master of Philosophy at the University of Oslo awarded by the State Educational Loan Fund of Norway.

♦ Scholarship to complete Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Oslo awarded by the State Educational Loan Fund of Norway.

♦  An additional grant was awarded by the Save the Children of Norway to be used as part of the PhD research expenses 2004.

♦ A Grant was awarded to participate in the Oxford Conference in 2003 by the conference organizers

♦ A Grant was awarded to participate in the Oxford Conference in 2005 by the conference organizers.

♦ A Grant was awarded to participate in the Oxford Conference in 2009 by the conference organizers.

Editorial work


Chapters and Web Documents

♦ Wedikkarage, L. (2009) Science Teaching in the Mother Tongue: The Sri Lankan Experience in “Language and Power’ (eds.) Brock-Utne and Garbo (2009) : Dar es Salaam: Mkuki Na Nyota Publishers

Journal Articles

♦ Wedikkarage, L. (2001) Resistance towards The Language of Globalisation: The Case of Sri Lanka International Review of Education 47(3): 361-378.

Technical Reports

Conference Papers

♦ Examining the driving forces behind the reintroduction of English for Advance Level science classes in Sri Lanka. Weekend Seminar Series: August 2003: University of Oslo.

♦ Globalisation and Development; The Politics of Educational Reforms in the Context of Globalization in Sri Lanka: Oxford Conference, September 2003: University of Oxford.

♦ The Re-emergence of English as Medium of Instruction for G.C.E: A/L Science Classes in Sri Lanka: Oxford Conference, September, 2005: University of Oxford.

♦ Globalization and Education English Medium and its Implications on Plantations Schools in Sri Lanka Affiliations (To be Presented at the Oxford Conference on Education and Development on 15 September 2009).

Book Publications

♦  Wedikkarage, L (2010) English Medium for Collegiate Level Science Classes in Sri Lanka: Theory, Policy and Practice LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing

Book Reviews

♦  Wedikkarage, L. (2009) S. Sandarasegaram and M. Karunanithy Facets of Sri Lankan Education Sri Lanka Journal of Educational Research Vol.9 92-94

Language Profieciency

English – All studies up to now have been in English and have a very good Proficiency in English
Norsk (Norwegian) – Good Norwegian Language Proficiency

Other responsibilities