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Dr Saraswati Dawadi

Research Associate


Saraswati Dawadi is currently a research associate at The Open University (OU), UK, with over 15 years in the education field. She holds a doctorate in Language Assessment from the OU. Prior to starting her work at the OU, she was a teacher educator at Tribhuvan University. Her current research is around language assessment, equity and inclusion in education, girls’ empowerment and professional development through online learning. She brings a significant experience of teaching and research, and engagement with external/internal stakeholders to ensure educational programmes are tailored to local needs and context. At the OU, she is co-investigating two projects. The first project looks at the impact of COVID-19 on equitable access to higher education in Nepal and Kenya whereas the second one has a major focus on the role of technology and English language in reinforcing or reducing marginalisation in Bangladesh, Nepal, Sudan and Senegal. She is also working on the Fleming Fund project that explores how online courses are designed at global and local level, and how such courses support for professional development of health professionals in low- and middle-income countries. She has published her work in journal articles and book chapters, and presented it at many international conferences.



Power, Tom; Rahman, Hafizur; Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes; Siddique, Nure Alam; Hedges, Claire and Dawadi, Saraswati (). 3MPower Inception Report. Mobile Learning for the Empowerment of Marginalised Mathematics Educators, Bangladesh.. EdTech Hub, London.
Giri, Ram Aashis Giri; Dawadi, Saraswati; Shrestha, Sagun and Haque, Saifa (). Enhancement Approach: Success Stories of EFL Teachers from Bangladesh and Nepal. Online: BELTA and NELTA.
Dawadi, Saraswati; Shrestha, Sagun; Haque, Safia and Giri, Ram Ashish. (). Preparations for and practices of online education during the Covid‑19 pandemic: A study of Bangladesh and Nepal. Education and Information Technologies, 27 (1) pp. 243-265.
Dawadi, Saraswati; Giri, Ram Ashish and Simkhada, Padam. (). Impact of COVID-19 on the education sector in Nepal: Challenges and coping strategies. Sage Preprint (In press).
Wolfenden, Freda; Cooper, Deborah; Dawadi, Saraswati; Mazeed, Zahid; Ibrahimi, Munir and Shrestha, Sushil. (). Promoting Inclusion at Scale with School Leader Network Communities Supported by Open Resources: Researching Participant Needs and Priorities. In: PCF 10 Conference, 14-16 Sep 2022, Canada.


Dawadi, Saraswati. (). Factors affecting washback of a high-stakes English as a foreign language test. TESL-EJ: The Electronic Journal for English as a Second Language.
Dawadi, Saraswati; Shrestha, Sagun and Giri, Ram A.. (). Mixed-Methods Research: A Discussion on its Types, Challenges, and Criticisms. Journal of Practical Studies in Education, 2 (2) pp. 25-36.
Charitonos, Koula; Goshtasbpour, Fereshte; Dawadi, Saraswati; Littlejohn, Allison; Badger, S.; Vaidya, Abhinav; Giri, Santosi and Owusu-Ofori, Alex (). Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance: The AMR Surveillance Toolkit. The Open University.


Dawadi, Saraswati. (). High-stakes test impact on student motivation to learn. European Journal of Educational & Social Sciences, 5 (2) pp. 59-71.


Dawadi, Saraswati. (). Effects of task repetition on EFL oral performance. ITL - International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 170 (1) pp. 3-23.


Dawadi, Saraswati and Shrestha, Prithvi N.. (). Construct validity of the Nepalese school leaving english reading test. Educational Assessment, 23 (2) pp. 102-120.
Dawadi, Saraswati (). The Impact of the School Leaving Certificate Examination on English Language Teaching and Student Motivation to Learn English. In: Hayes, David eds. English Language Teaching in Nepal: Research, Reflection and Practice British Council, pp. 133-164.


Dawadi, Saraswati. (). Language learning strategies profiles of EFL learners in Nepal. European Journal of Educational & Social Sciences, 2 (2) pp. 42-55.



Dawadi, Saraswati. (). Mediation in classroom interaction. Journal of NELTA, 19 (1-2) pp. 47-55.