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About Dr Chandrika Devarakonda

Before arriving at the University of Chester, I worked in an FE college as a main grade lecturer in Child Studies during for 10 years. I was responsible for developing short courses and teaching on mainstream courses in the college and in the wider community.

I obtained my PhD degree from the University of Manchester. My research explored perceptions of parents and teachers about appropriate educational provision for children with Down’s syndrome.

I have taught on a wide range of programmes at undergraduate and post - graduate level. Some of the modules focussed on wide range of issues such as inclusion and diversity, international perspectives of early childhood, leadership and management.



  • ED 5705 Every Child Special
  • ED 5709 International experiences of early childhood
  • ED 6708 International perspectives of early childhood


Doctoral supervision:

I have supervised one PhD to successful completion on

‘Elaine McCarthy, EdD

Premature Labour: A New Mother's Return to Teaching (2016)

I am currently one of the supervisors to students working on their Doctoral (EdD) dissertation:

Sharon Smith

Debbie Scott



I welcome enquiries for research at doctoral level in any of my research areas listed above or from students wishing to explore other areas within:

  • Concepts and interpretations of inclusion
  • Wider issues of diversity and inclusion
  • Perspectives of Rights of children
  • International perspectives of early childhood


International collaboration

Student exchange collaboration with University of North Florida. First batch of five students visited Chester for two weeks in June 2017. They had opportunities to visit settings to experience provision for children at foundation stage, Key stages 1 and 2. They also had opportunities to listen to some experts within the faculty about key issues around the educational provision for children in England. They have experienced discussing and presenting their ideas comparing and contrasting provision in USA (especially Florida) and England. It is hoped that level 5 students will be reciprocating Florida students’ visit

There are also ongoing collaborations with academics from Millersville University, Pennsylvania, USA, Kagawa University Japan and Federation University Australia.


Published Work


Journal Articles:

Book Chapters:



  • Childcare and Early Years Providers Surveys - Primary schools with nursery and reception classes
  • Childcare and Early Years Providers Surveys - Nursery schools
  • Review of an article for Early Childhood Education Journal - Helping homeless parents of young children strengthen their self-esteem
  • Ensuring the best start in life – Targeting versus universality in early childhood Development
  • NFER PRE Lea Views About The Failure Of Mainstream Education Placements For Pupils With Down’s Syndrome
  • Advice on gaining understanding of SEN children in your school
  • Using Reader Rabbit in a 'match and name' exercise about colours and shapes
  • Special school : inclusive classrooms
  • Secondary Special Needs: Back in the Mainstream


  • Member of different panels to revalidate programmes, steering committee, academic representative in professional suitability panel
  • Nursery world Judge
  • Equaliteach conference, 2015, Manchester  – Keynote speaker
  • University of Pondicherry – valedictory address in a conference Teacher Education Practices and Innovative Trends (ICTEPIT - 2014)
  • Guest speaker at Amity University, India – 21 July 2017
  • 'International Conference On INCLUSIVE EDUCATION: STRATEGIES FOR ACCESS, EQUITY & OPPORTUNITY, Organized by Amity Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences, Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India