Mrs. Ayomi Indika Irugalbandra

Senior Lecturer (G II)

Secondary and Tertiary Education
Faculty of Education
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I am a senior lecturer in the Department of Secondary and Tertiary Education, since 2004. In addition, I am a third year PhD student in the  Queensland University of Technology, Australia. In the broadest sense, my research is focused on the context of aesthetic Education and the  classroom practice. Much of my published research to date has been on secondary classroom teaching and learning practices in Sri Lanka. My current work examines development of creativity and adaptability skills in junior secondary school students. At the same time, my intervention has helped me to introduce new teaching approach for drama education classrooms in Sri Lanka.

Area of Specialization:

Aesthetic Education

Research Intrests:

Creativity development, Aesthetic Education , Drama Education, Educational Interventions, Adaptability, Critical thinking


1. A member of the Australian Association for reserch in education.

2. A life time member of the SLAAED ( Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Education)

3. Visiting Lecturer (2013-2017). Deparment arparment of Humanities Education, Faculty of Education, University of Colombo, Sri       Lanka.

4. Visiting Lecturer (2014 -2017). Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka .

5. A member of the Board of Examiner (2007-2017). Tower Hall Theatre Foundation, Sri Lanka.

6.  A member of the Selection Board (2008-2017). Tower Hall Theatre Foundation, Sri Lanka

7. A  member in the Board of Examiners (2014-2017). Faculty of Dance & Drama, University of the Visual & Performing Arts, Colombo, Sri Lanka.


Programmes Coordination:

Bachelor of Education (Drama & Theatre) Degree programme

Course Coordination:

Post Graduate Diploma in Education – Level 7 ESP2204 – Aesthetic Education/ Christianity Education Bachelor of Education (Drama & Theatre) Degree programme Level 5/6ESU3327 – Aesthetic & Creative StudyESU3327 – Educational Technology for teaching Drama & TheaterESU4312 – Teaching PracticeBachelor of Education (Natural Science) Degree Programme ESU3117 – Child Rights Diploma in Early Childhood and Primary Education ESD1132 ‹¨« Aesthetic & Creative StudiesCertificate in PreSchool Education ProgrammesESC1135 ‹¨« Aesthetic & Creative Studies


Certificates awarded by the Vice Chancellor, the Open University of Sri Lanka for Institutional Development in 2010 and 2016.



1. Irugalbandra, A.I. (2011). Davadasi. Shiksha Publication, Sri Lanka.

2. Irugalbandara, A.I. (2011). Saundaraya Saksharathawa (Aesthetic Literacy). Shiksha Publication, Sri Lanka.

3. Irugalbandara, A.I. (2011). Dha Ata Sanniya (Eighteen forms of curing sickness through Dance). Shiksha Publications, Sri Lanka.

4. Lekamge, G.D., Irugalbandara, A.I. and Fernando, M.N.C.. (2018). Analysis of the Problems of and the Suitable Solutions for an Initial           Teacher Training Programme Conducted through the Distance Mode. OUSL Journal, 13(1), pp.115–133.    DOI:



Irugalbandara, A.I. (2019). Creativity as a right in drama education: Sri Lankan student experiences. HDR Conference, QUT-Griffith University, Brisbane.

Irugalbandara, A.I. (2019). Dramatic Thinking as an Open Thinking Strategy, 3rd Australia and New Zealand Conference on Advanced        Research (ANZCAR- 2019),  Melbourne, Australia.

Irugalbandara, A.I. (2016). A study on the effectiveness of the teaching-learning process of dance education teachers dance Education        Tendencies and Perspectives – Vilnius, Lithuania.

Irugalbandara, A.I. (2015). Perceptions of Senior Secondary Students on Reproductive Health Education in Sri Lanka.International              Conference on “Quality Management in Education”, United Kingdom.

Irugalbandara, A.I. (2013). Knowledge & Perceptions of Adolescents on Reproductive Health EducationInternational Journal of Arts &          Sciences – American University of Rome.

Irugalbandara, A.I. (2012). Application of Drama Therapy to help students with Disruptive Behaviour to improve their Education. Annual       International Conference on Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, Singapore. DOI: 10.5176/2251-1865_cbp27

Irugalbandara, A.I. (2011). A study on Effective Post Graduate Teaching in University through Curriculum Development: A Guide to improve the teaching quality. International Conference on “Quality Enhancement in Distance Education for Lifelong Learning, India.

Irugalbandara, A. I. (2011). The Importance of Teaching Practice in Teacher Education Curriculum. International Conference on                    Emerging Trends in Teacher Education, India.


Ongoing Research:

Investigating process drama techchniques for the development of creativity and adaptability skills in junior secondary students in Sri Lanka.



Irugalbandara, A.I. (2016). Importance of the medium of education in teaching learning process. Samvadi, 03, 171-177. Academic           Journal. ISSN 2357-2620

Irugalbandara, A.I. (2015). Child Abuse and preventing methods. Adeeksha, 05, 148-169. ISSN 2015-8150

Irugalbandara, A.I. (2011). Emotional Intelligence and Aesthetic Education. Adeeksha, 02, 25-34. ISSN2011-8150

Irugalbandara, A.I. (2010). Group Method for effective learning.  Adeeksha, 01, 59-72. ISSN2010-8150

Irugalbandara, A.I. (2009). Music for relaxation. Adhyapana Vimarshana, 94-100, Published by Faculty of Education, University of Colombo.

Irugalbandara, A.I. (2005). Sex & Creativity. Sithumini, Magazine in Psychology,  Shiksha Publications, Ragagiriya


Irugalbandara, A. I. (20th July 2011). “The Birth and Historical Context of the Daha ata Sanniya ‘(Eighteen Form Exorcism Ritual)”. Irida Divainia (Sunday Island) p. 3A

Irugalbandara, A. I.(07th July 2008).“Stress Relief through Ritual Practices (Shanthikarma)”. Irida Divainia (Sunday Island – Siyapatha) p. 2A

Irugalbandara, A. I (24th April 2005). “Low Country Ritual Dance for Protection against ill omens and Increase in Agricultural Yields”. Irida Divainia (Sunday Island) p.6A

Irugalbandara, A. I (13th June 2004). “Is the Devadasi (female servant of the gods) a divine dancer/performer or a sexual slave?” Irida Divainia (Sunday Island) p. 15v A

Irugalbandara, A. I (16th November 2003). “The Symbolic Value of the Historical Devadasi Concept” Irida Divainia (Sunday Island) p. xv A

Irugalbandara, A. I (23rd March 2003). “Historical Musical Instruments Used for Dancing in Sri Lanka”. Irida Lankadeepa, p.6A

Irugalbandara, A. I (19th February 2003). “An Inquiry into the Dramatic aspects of Low Country Ritual Dance for Protection Against ill omens” ”. Irida Divainia (Sunday Island) p.4A

Irugalbandara, A. I (11th November 2002). “God Irugalbandara”. Irida Divainia (Sunday Island).p.4A

Irugalbandara, A. I (3rd July 2002). “The Daha Ata Sanniya (Eighteen form Exorcism Ritual)” Irida Divainia (Sunday Island). p. 3A

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