How can teacher-led research contribute to innovations in education to successfully meet the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic?

We invite teachers from all parts of the country to participate in this virtual conference – an exciting new opportunity to share and learn.

All participants will receive valuable training by eminent resource persons on Educational Research and orientation on how to present on a virtual platform.

All presenters will receive a certificate of participation.

Commendable research will be recognized with financial rewards.

All research abstracts will be published in the DERC 2020 online proceedings.

Selected research abstracts will be published in the DERC biannual online journal as full-paper research publications.

Presenters will be able to present and share their work in front of national and international panel.

Vision of DERC

The Dharmaraja Education Research Conference (DERC) seeks to be a platform which inspires the
establishment of a research ethos at Dharamaraja College and the wider school system in the country. It
envisions the emergence of a teaching-learning culture which is sensitive to current and future
challenges in primary and secondary education. DERC’s long term vision is the emergence of teaching
professionals who are able to apply practical and theoretical knowledge creatively and innovatively to
adapt and position themselves and Dharmaraja College at the helm of educational leadership in Sri

Mission of DERC
Objectives of DERC 2020
From DERC 2018 to DERC 2020
Virtual Inauguration of DERC 2020 (Video)
Submission of abstracts - November 10, 2020
Notification of acceptance - November 17, 2020
Final submission of abstracts - November 24, 2020
Conference Date - December 18, 2020

Challenges and social expectations

Challenges and social expectations
COVID 19, Dengue, Drugs and Media, Knowledgeable, competent, well mannered and good hearted

Teaching methods

Teaching methods
active learning, activity-based learning,  Online learning/teaching, STEM/STEAM


avoiding hazards, empowerment, health promotion


alignment with social expectations, teaching, assessment and evaluation hazards, empowerment, health promotion


value of assessment, alignment with expectations, stress and impact


parents as stakeholders and social disparities and home environment

Education environment and facilities

Education environment and facilities
building, education material and IT facilities

Teachers and teacher training

Teachers and teacher training
competencies, attitudes and motivation

Evaluations and school’s management

Evaluations and school’s management
equity and transparency

Students research and projects by students

Students research and projects by students
Prof. Kapila Perera
Ministry of Education
Mr. Dampiya Wanasinghe
Dharmaraja College
Prof. Upul B. Dissanayake
University of Peradeniya
Mr. Thilak Ekanayake
Provincial Education
Central Province
Prof. Harshana Rambukwella
Open University of Sri Lanka

Prior to the conference, a series of online lectures will be conducted to help researchers to start from scratch.

Resource material on topics like ‘how to convert your innovative idea into a research’, ‘simple statistics’, ‘presentation skills’ and ‘creating slide shows’ will be made available as additional assistance.

Contact Us

Conference Coordinator Mr. Damitha Narampanawe (0750192663/ 0706192663 )

Conference Secretary Mr. Gamika Neluwala (0776262968)