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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 Mission of DERC Objectives of DERC 2020 From DERC 2018 to DERC 2020 Virtual Inauguration of DERC 2020 (Video) 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
Lanka. Mission of DERC Through timely and contextually sensitive interventions to promote a culture of research among the
teaching staff of Dharamraja College and the wider school community in Sri Lanka. DERC actively
pursues backwards and forwards linkages between the school and higher education communities of Sri
Lanka to cross-fertilize both sectors and uplift the standards, knowledge and practice of the teaching
profession in the country. DERC actively seeks out opportunities, knowledge and resources to realize its
vision of positioning Dharmaraja College as a leading innovator in the primary and secondary education
systems of the country. Objectives of DERC 2020 The objective of the conference is to promote education innovation and research to explore more
effective and contextually appropriate teaching-learning methods and assessments and evaluations
in the current post-COVID pandemic recovery phase in Sri Lanka.
In parallel, training of teachers in all aspects of education research and dissemination is addressed.
DERC 2020 will build collaborations with foreign experts to provide opportunities for teachers to
present their research and share knowledge with an international audience. From DERC 2018 to DERC 2020 Dharmaraja Education Research Conference (DERC) 2018 was conducted in collaboration with the
Professional Collective of the Old Boys’ Union and the Central Province Department of Education.
The objective of the 2018 conference was to create an opportunity for teachers of the school to
showcase their educational innovations Building on the success and experience of DERC 2018, this year, the Rajans Professional Collective is
organizing the second DERC conference under the theme of “Innovating Education to face the
Challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
Participants are encouraged to focus on themes of education research advocated by the Ministry of
Education (annexed) while highlighting innovations suitable for the challenges of education in the
Post-Covid 19 period. We particularly invite research on adopting/adapting new pedagogies and
enhancing the focus of education to foster capacity building and attitudinal and behavioral changes.
A detailed document on research themes, training on research design and implementation and
virtual presentation skills will be made available for all conference participants
This year, wider collaboration and participation is anticipated. Official endorsements from the
Ministry of Education as well as the Central Province Department of Education and the University of
Peradeniya and the Postgraduate Institute of English of the Open University of Sri Lanka will
enhance the quality and recognition of the event.
The conference as well as the pre-conference training programme is conducted on a virtual
platform with resource input from recognized teachers from the Ministry of Education as well as
DERC 2020 is scheduled to be held on 29 th October under the patronage of the the Hon. Minister of well as high ranking officials from the Ministry of Education and the Central Province
Department of Education. Research papers will be classified and allocated to several parallel virtual
seminar rooms. Following the tradition of the first conference, the seminar will be open for a liited
number of student research papers as well.
All presenters will receive a “Certificate of Participation” and selected papers will receive
“Certificates of Commendation”. Virtual Inauguration of DERC 2020 (Video)

Important Dates

Submission of abstracts – November 10, 2020
Notification of acceptance – November 17, 2020
Final submission of abstracts – November 24, 2020
Conference Date – December 18, 2020
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DERC 2020 Themes

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

Conference Co-chairs

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
Organizing Committee

Registration and Programme

The Scientific Programme of DERC 2020 will be updated soon.

Registration for DERC 2020 is free, but will be to a limited number of participants on first-come-first-
served basis.

Registration is not open for public yet.

Training Activities

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.

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Contact Us

Conference Coordinator Mr. Damitha Narampanawe (0750192663/ 0706192663 )

Conference Secretary Mr. Gamika Neluwala (0776262968)


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