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Fr. (Dr.)  K. M. Rajan is the Principal of St. Josephs Training College, Pavaratty.   He was a faculty member and principal at St. Joseph’s Training College, Mannanam, Kottayam from 1983 to 1988 and from 1994 to 2014.  He was a (CERC) Research Fellow at the University of California, Riverside, U.S.A. during 1990-93.  Before assuming his position at St. Joseph’s Training College, he was working as a PGT at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kadavanthara, Kochi.

He holds a Ph.D. (Education – 1993) from the University of California, U.S.A. He received his B.Sc. degree (1978) from the University of Kerala, his M.Sc. degree (1980) from Jabalpur University, his B.Ed. Degree (1981 – First Rank) and M.Ed. degree (1983) from Calicut University.  He is a research guide in Education at the School of Pedagogical Sciences, M.G. University, Kottayam.  He has successfully guided M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Education.

He has served Kerala Public Service Commission as a subject expert (1985-1988).  He was a visiting team member of the National Council for Teacher Education. He is a Life member of the All India Association for Educational Research (AIAER) and Council for Teacher Education (CTE).


Awards/Rank/Scholarships received

First Rank, B.Ed. Degree Examination, 1981

University Merit Scholarship, 1981-82

Kulangara Balakrishna Pillai Award, 1981-82

CERC Fellowship, 1990-93, University of California, Riverside, U.S.A.

The Best Paper Award of AIAER, 1998


Resource Person

He has served as resource person in UGC Sponsored Orientation course, UGC sponsored seminars, chairperson of paper presentation in National seminars, panellist in panel of discussions, in-service courses for H.S.A.s in physical science and workshops organised by SCERT.  He served as Paper Setter for B.Ed. and M.Ed. Degree Examinations for different universities.


Research Articles Published

Powell, R. J., Rajan, K., Reed, D. B. & Scott, L. D.  (February, 1991). The impact of California’s special Education- Pre-referral interventions and alternative assessment on Ethno-linguistically diverse students. Riverside, California: California Educational Research Co-operative.

Mitchell, D. E., Rajan, K., Hanson, E. M., & Henry, W. A. (September, 1992). Parent and community satisfaction with public education. Riverside, California: California Educational Research Co-operative.

Hanson, E. M., Henry W. A., & Rajan, K. (Winter-spring, 1993). “Do parents feel they know what’s going on at school”. Vision,18-20. Riverside, California: Riverside County Office of Education.

Rajan, K. M. (1994). Science Teaching. Beyond product and process paradigms. Journal of Indian Education. 20(4),  37-44. New Delhi:  N.C.E.R.T.

Rajan, K. M. (1996). A Comparative study of three modes of presenting analogies in chemistry. Perspectives in Education. 12(4), 215-229. Bharuch, Gujarat: Society for Educational Research and Development.

Rajan, K. M. (1997a). Analogy: Its meaning, function and classification. S. B. Academic Review, 6(1), 51-55. Changanacherry: Centre for Research.

Rajan, K. M. (1997b). Physical Science Study Committee: A Look Back. Indian Educational Review, 32(1), 99-107. New Delhi:  N.C.E.R.T.

Rajan, K. M. (1998). Instructional use of Analogy: a Review. Perspectives in Education, 14(4), 223-234. Bharuch, Gujarat: Society for Educational Research and Development.

Rajan, K. M. (2010) Constructivism: An approach to classroom practice. Pedagogics, 8(1), 64-68.

Rajan, K. M. (2011). A science class in a California School. The Ground Builder: An Attempt to Recast Quality Education, 1(1), 22-28.

Rajan, K. M. (2011). Phenomenological primitives and learning of science. Journal of Indian Education, 37(1), 64-71. ISSN: 0972-5628

Rajan, K. M. (2012). Research perspectives in science education. Asian Academic Research Journal of Social Science & Humanities, 1(2), 38-48. (Online ISSN: 2278-859X).

 Rajan, K. M. (2013). Constructivist classroom:  A Pandora’s box. Journal of International Academic Research for Multidisciplinary, 1(3), 120-125,(Online ISSN: 2320-5083).

Rajan, K. M. (2013). Exploratory study of misconceptions of grade VII students in science. The Ground Builder: An Attempt to Recast Quality Education, 2(1), 17-26.

Rajan, K. M. (2013). Teacher education curriculum and pedagogical practices in schools:  Putting the cart before the horse? Asian Academic Research Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 1(12), 24-30. (ISSN 2278 – 859X)

Rajan, K. M. (2014). Lesson Planning:  The crux of teacher education. Educational Extracts, 2(1), 3-15

Rajan, K. M. (2014). Misuse of one-tail t-test. The Ground Builder: An Attempt to Recast Quality Education, Ground Builder


Research and projects

Completed UGC funded Minor Research Project titled- “An exploratory study of the phenomenological primitives and misconception of students of age group 11-13 years”. Executive summary submitted to UGC in October 2011.

Worked in the capacity of Research Fellow (1990-93) in three research projects at CERC, University of California, U.S.A.


Books Published

Rajan, K. M. (1999). Perspectives in physical science teaching. Kottayam: Vidyarthi Mithram.

Rajan, K. M. (1999). A treatise on form and style of thesis and dissertation. Mannanam, Kottayam: St. Joseph’s Training College.

Rajan, K. M. (2002). Role of teacher education institutions in school management (pp. 165-172). In M. Mukhopadhyay (Ed.), Secondary education: The challenges ahead.New Delhi: NIEPA.

Rajan, K. M. (2004). Science of science education. Mannanam, Kottayam: St. Joseph’s Training College.

Rajan, K. M., Sindhu B. S., George, J., Netto, S. G., & Sajan, R. K.  (2008). Teaching of Physical Science: Theory, Perspectives & Practice. Mannanam, Kottayam: St. Joseph’s Training College.

Rajan, K. M., Sindhu B. S., George, J., Netto, S. G., & Sajan, R. K.  (2010). Teaching of Physical Science: Theory, Perspectives & Practice (2nd rev. ed.).  Mannanam, Kottayam: St. Joseph’s Training College.

He has also published 30 books related to liturgy and patrology of Syriac Orthodox Church.


Research Papers Presented

Mitchell, D. E., Rajan, K., Reed, D. B., & Scott, L. D. (1992). Parent and community satisfaction with public education. Round Table presentation at the AERA Annual meeting, San Francisco, U. S. A.

Rajan, K. M. (1998). Students’ pre-instructional understanding of content and pedagogy of the 21st century. Paper presented at the Eleventh Annual Conference of AIAER, held at G.H.G.Harparkash College of Education for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, Ludhiana.

Rajan, K. M. (1999). Lesson planning and its implications for curriculum development.Paper presented at the World Conference on Teacher Education for Excellence, held at Marathwada College of Education, Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

Rajan, K. M. (2001). Role of Teachers Education Institution in school Management.Paper presented at the National Conference, held in NIEPA, New Delhi.

Rajan, K. M. (2006). Research in curriculum development: A theoretical Framework.Paper presented at the International Seminar on Holistic Education held at Mar Theophilus Training College, Thiruvananthapuram.

Rajan, K. M. (2010).  National Seminar on “Total Quality Management in Teacher Education” organized by Avila College of Education, Edacochin

Rajan, K. M. (2012). Community involvement in curriculum development.Paper presented at the UGC sponsored state level seminar held at Mount Tabore Training College, Pathanapuram.

Rajan, K. M. (2012). Exploratory study of misconceptions of grade VII students in science. Paper presented at the Silver Jubilee cum annual conference of AIAER held at Rayat & Bahra College of Education, Sahauran, Mohali, Punjab from 17-19 November 2012.


Research Guideship

M.Phil. Awarded in 2008 to Sunitha, R. (2008), Bharathiar University.

Ph.D. Awarded – co-guide –Thomas, P. J. (2010) by Annamalai University.

Ph.D. Awarded – Lohidhasan M. K.  (2015). Mahatma Gandhi University.

Ph.D. Awarded – Nisha S. Dharan (2017).  Mahatma Gandhi University.

Ph.D. Awarded – Mary K. J.(2019). Mahatma Gandhi University.

Ph.D. Awarded – Dhanya G.(2019). Mahatma Gandhi University.

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