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Dr. Ashwini Tiwari

Dr. Ashwini Tiwari

Dr. Ashwini Tiwari

Associate ProfessorUrban Education


Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Ashwini Tiwari is an associate professor in the Urban Education Department at the University of Houston-Downtown, where he primarily teaches special education courses. Dr. Tiwari received his dual-title Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Comparative International Education from Penn State University and MA in Special Education from the University of Arizona. Before joining UHD, he held faculty positions at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). Additionally, Dr. Tiwari has worked as a special educator in an inner-city school district in Phoenix, Arizona; He holds certifications in K-12 Special Education areas with an endorsement in the Structured English Immersion.

Dr. Tiwari's research is centered around "examining educational inequity issues with a focus on inclusive education in the comparative international contexts." His research findings have been published in many top-tier journals such as Teaching and Teacher Education, Educational Studies, Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, and Asia Pacific Education Review. He regularly presents at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and, Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Conference.

Degrees Earned

Penn State University Ph.D. 2014

The University of Arizona MA 2007

Osmania University BA 2005

Courses Taught

  • SPED 4302: Classroom Management and the Exceptional Children
  • SOSE 4399: Directed Studies in Urban Education
  • SPED 4304: Assessment and Diagnostics of Students with Disabilities
  • PED 3301: Introduction to Special Population
  • SPED 3302: The Exceptional Child
  • PED 3301: Introduction to Special Populations
  • SOSE 3320: Assessment and Evaluation of Children
  • MAT 5302: Curriculum, Instruction and, Evaluation in Secondary Schools
  • MAT 6390: Directed Study in Graduate Urban Teaching

Experience Qualifications

Guerra, F., Tiwari, A., Razo, N. & Cavazos, J. (2020). Teachers' Knowledge, Perception, Sense of Self-efficacy and Role in Mental Health for Middle School Students, Chapter 7, pp. 113-134 in Jenlink.P. (Eds) Commitment to Teaching: Toward More Efficacious Teacher Preparation. Rowman & Littlefield, Maryland. Re4vgm& 3#v=onepage&q&f=false

Park, M., Tiwari, A. & Neumann, J.(2019). Emotional scaffolding in early childhood
education. Educational Studies. (Acceptance Rate: 40%; Source: Cabell's).

Diallo, A., Braitewaite, J., Mamboleo, G., Tiwari, A., & Sharma, M. (2019).
Improving Latino/a American students' attitudes toward persons with disabilities and use of live theater. The Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counseling, 25(1), 25-35. doi:10.1017/jrc.2019.2

Tiwari, A. (2018). Corporal punishment in schools: Teachers' attitudes and classroom
practices. Educational Studies. (Acceptance Rate: 40%; Source: Cabell's)

Tiwari, A. & Fu, T. (2017). Institutional barriers of educational
participation: Examples from China and India. International Journal of Educational Reform. (Acceptance Rate: 30%; Source: Cabell's )

Guerra, F., Tiwari, A., Das, A., Cavazos, J. & Sharma, M. (2017).
Examining teachers' understanding of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs. (Acceptance Rate: 30%; Source: Cabell's)

Chapman, A., Ward, H., Tiwari, A., Weimer, A., Duran, J., Guerra, F., & Sale, P.
(2017).The role of language in anatomy and physiology instruction. The American Biology Teacher.(Acceptance Rate: 12%; Source: Cabell's)

Tiwari, A., Das, A., & Sharma, M. (2015).Inclusive education a "rhetoric" or "reality"?
Teachers' perspectives and beliefs. Teaching and Teacher Education, 52, 128-
136. (Acceptance Rate: 13%; Source: Cabell's)

Tiwari, A. (2015). Making our judgments right: Ethics of corporal
punishment in Indian schools. International Education Studies 8(5), 69-74.

Yadav, M., Das, A., Sharma, S., & Tiwari, A. (2015). Understanding teachers' concerns
about inclusive education. Asia Pacific Education Review, 16(4), 653-662. (Acceptance Rate: 18%; Source: Cabell's)

Singh, A., Yeh, C. J., Singh, Y. P., Agarwal, A., & Tiwari, A. (2015).Best practices for
designing practicum in special education programs. European Academic Research 3(4), 4148-4179. ISSN: 2286-4822.

Yeh, C., Singh, A., Tiwari, A., Singh., Y. (2015). Phenomenology and language
acquisition in young children. INSIGHT: Journal of Applied Research in Education 20(1). ISSN: 0975-0665

Shah, R., Das, A., Desai, I & Tiwari, A. (2014). Teacher concerns about inclusive
education in Ahmedabad, India. Journal of Research in Special Educational
Needs. doi: 10.1111/1471-3802.12054. (Acceptance Rate: 30%; Source: Cabell's)

More Information

Distinguished as an honorable mention for the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) South Asia Special Interest Group's Best Dissertation Award, 2015.

Received Penn State's Graduate Student Association outstanding service award for diversity initiatives at Penn State, 2013.

Fellow, Center for Progressive Leadership, 2010-13.