Doctor Prathyusha Sanagavarapu

Doctor Prathyusha Sanagavarapu

Senior Lecturer,
Early Childhood Education


Dr Prathyusha Sanagavarapu specialises in early childhood education.    She teaches and coordinates courses/units on children’s play, development and learning and promoting positive learning environments for children.  She is committed to supporting students’ active, self-regulatory learning using student-centred pedagogies.  The WSU Citation Award that she has won for her outstanding contributions to promoting pre-service teachers’ independent and engaged learning in flipped classrooms in 2018 is a testament to this.  

Previously, in her role as an Academic Course Advisor, she has contributed to the development of many early childhood units in the Master of Teaching (Birth-5/Birth-12) Program.  With a passion and commitment to promoting the well-being of students and colleagues at WSU, she has also represented academic staff on the Transcultural Mental Health Working Group (TCMHWG) between 2014-2016.   In her current role as School Disability Coordinator, she assists academic colleagues in implementing Academic Integration Plans for students with a disability.  

Dr. Sanagavarapu's research interests and expertise are in the areas of children’s metacognitive thinking, diversity in parenting, cultural globalisation, transition to school and higher education, and blended and flipped learning.  She has completed a few inter-disciplinary studies intersecting education with health and wellbeing.  These include "Starting school with food allergy: Parents’ and children’s perspectives" in collaboration with Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA), Campbelltown Hospital and Children’s Hospital, Randwick, funded by A&AA; "Parents' perceptions of food allergy management in NSW primary schools", funded by School of Education and "First year students' transition, well-being, and help seeking'" in collaboration with a colleague from WSU Counselling and with funding from SAAF, WSU.  She has also completed another collaborative international project on the "Efficacy of a Goal Setting Application for promoting tertiary students' self-regulation, deep learning and academic achievements" with researchers from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, UTS and University of New South Wales, Sydney.  She has published papers on these topics in internationally reputed journals.  She is currently supervising many research students and is available for supervision of HDR students.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Sanagavarapu.


  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • MPhil Sri Venkateswara University, India
  • MSc Sri Venkateswara University, India

Professional Memberships

  • Editorial Board Member-Journal of Psychological Research (2019)
  • Reviewer-Australasian Jopurnal of Early Childhood and Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (2019)
  • Early Childhood Australia (2019 - 2019)


  • Local Achievement Award- Western Sydney University- For Contributions and Leadership in the role of School Disability Coordinator. 2015-12-08
  • Western Sydney University’s Women’s Research Fellowship 2015-08-12
  • Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning at WSU 2018-12-06

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Early Childhood Education


Phone: (02) 9772 6651
Location: 4.G.18

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Chapters in Books

  • Sanagavarapu, P. (2022), 'Refugee children : supporting families in transitions', Children, Families and Communities, Oxford University Press 9780199337407.

Journal Articles

  • Sanagavarapu, P., Abraham, J. and Atwa, S. (2023), 'An insight into students' transition to tertiary or academic pathways programs', Community College Journal of Research and Practice, vol 47, no 7 , pp 461 - 477.
  • Sanagavarapu, P., Dadich, A. and Hussain, W. (2023), 'Interventions to promote food allergy literacy in childhood : a systematic scoping review', Journal of School Health, vol 93, no 8 , pp 733 - 742.
  • Chandio, N., Micheal, S., Tadakmadla, S., Sohn, W., Cartwright, S., White, R., Sanagavarapu, P., Parmar, J. and Arora, A. (2022), 'Barriers and enablers in the implementation and sustainability of toothbrushing programs in early childhood settings and primary schools: a systematic review', BMC Oral Health, vol 22, no 1 .
  • Sanagavarapu, P. and Abraham, J. (2021), 'Validating the relationship between beginning students' transitional challenges, well-being, help-seeking, and their adjustments in an Australian university', Journal of Further and Higher Education, vol 45, no 5 , pp 616 - 628.
  • Sanagavarapu, P. (2020), 'Parents' knowledge and views of food allergy management in primary schools in Australia', Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, vol 45, no 1 , pp 56 - 68.
  • Sanagavarapu, P., Abraham, J. and Taylor, E. (2019), 'Development and validation of a scale to measure first year students' transitional challenges, wellbeing, help-seeking, and adjustments in an Australian university', Higher Education, vol 77, no 4 , pp 695 - 715.
  • Sanagavarapu, P. (2018), 'Experiences and support needs of mothers of children with food allergy during the transition to school', Early Childhood Education Journal, vol 46, no 5 , pp 523 - 534.
  • Sanagavarapu, P. (2018), 'From pedagogue to technogogue : a journey into flipped classrooms in higher education', International Journal on E-Learning, vol 17, no 3 , pp 377 - 399.
  • Sanagavarapu, P. (2017), 'Young children's knowledge of food allergy and transition to school', Cogent Education, vol 4 .
  • Sanagavarapu, P., Said, M., Katelaris, C. and Wainstein, B. (2016), 'Transition to school anxiety for mothers of children with food allergy : implications for educators', Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, vol 41, no 4 , pp 115 - 122.
  • Sanagavarapu, P., Said, M., Katelaris, C. and Wainstein, B. (2014), 'An insight into affected Australian parents' lived experiences with children's food allergy', Internal Medicine Journal, vol 44, no Suppl. 4 , pp 21 - 21.
  • Sanagavarapu, P. (2012), 'Does culture intersect with gender of the child in mothers' guidance of preschoolers' puzzle solving?', International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, vol 7, no 1 , pp 31 - 40.
  • Sanagavarapu, P. (2012), 'Don't forget to pack my EpiPen please : what issues does food allergy present for children's starting school?', Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, vol 37, no 2 , pp 56 - 61.
  • Sanagavarapu, P. (2010), 'What does cultural globalisation mean for parenting in immigrant families in the 21st century?', Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, vol 35, no 2 , pp 36 - 42.
  • Sanagavarapu, P. (2010), 'Children's transition to school : voices of Bangladeshi parents in Sydney, Australia', Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, vol 35, no 4 , pp 21 - 29.
  • Sanagavarapu, P. (2008), 'Cultural patterns of metacognitive guidance in Australian homes', Journal of Research in Childhood Education, vol 22, no 3 , pp 304 - 315.
  • Naidoo, L., Singh, M. and Sanagavarapu, P. (2007), 'Guest Editors' Introduction: Globalisation, Westernisation and Sino-Australia Educational Reform', Transnational Curriculum Inquiry, vol 4, no 1 , pp 1 - 6.
  • Sanagavarapu, P. and Perry, B. (2005), 'Concerns and expectations of Bangladeshi parents as their children start school', Australian Journal of Early Childhood, vol 30, no 3 , pp 45 - 51.
  • Sanagavarapu, P. (2004), 'Socio-cultural matrix of raising a child with food allergies: Experiences of a migrant mother', EJEC - Australian Journal of Early Childhood, vol 12, no 1 , pp 45 - 49.
  • Sanagavarapu, P. and Wong, M. (2004), 'An exploratory study of early childhood educators' views on culture and play', Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, vol 24, no 4 , pp 303 - 309.

Other Publications

  • 2023, 'Knowledge Translation to Support Early Learning of Refugee Children and their Families: Brief Report', Report
  • 2023, 'Knowledge Translation to Support Early Learning of Refugee Children and their Families: Full Report', Report
  • 2014, 'Starting School with Food Allergy: Listening to Parents' and Children's Voices!', Report

Dr. Sanagavarapu's  research interests and expertise are in the areas of metacognition, diversity in parenting, cultural globalisation,  transition to school and higher education, mental health and wellbeing and blended and flipped learning .  She has published papers on these topics in internationally reputed journals. Her recent research interests and areas include:  psychosocial impacts of children’s food allergy and flipped or e.learning in higher education.   She is available to supervise students on all listed topics. 

This information has been contributed by Doctor Sanagavarapu.

Current Projects

Title: Enablers and barriers to accessing and implementing Bright Smiles Bright Futures (BSBF) Program in NSW primary and preschool settings
  • Colgate-Palmolive Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: Amit Arora, Prathyusha Sanagavarapu, Rhiannon White and Sowbhagya Micheal
Years: 2021-04-01 - 2023-12-31
ID: P00027415

Previous Projects

Title: Families' perceptions of child care, school and transition to school: A study of culturally and linguistically diverse families
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Prathyusha Sanagavarapu
Years: 2003-01-30 - 2004-01-29
ID: P0010140
Title: Globalisation, Westernisation and Sino-Australian Educational Reforms: A relational study of changes in particular educational sites, texts and practices
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Michael Singh, Loshini Naidoo and Prathyusha Sanagavarapu
Years: 2005-02-01 - 2006-11-30
ID: P0014474
Title: Knowledge translation to support early learning of refugee children and families
  • The Ian Potter Foundation Limited
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Carol Reid and Prathyusha Sanagavarapu
Years: 2019-09-02 - 2023-02-24
ID: P00025741
Title: Peer assessment in formative assessment classroom in Tertiary Education in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Student-centred assessment
  • Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam
Western Researchers: David Cole and Prathyusha Sanagavarapu
Years: 2017-09-15 - 2021-09-15
ID: P00024695
Title: Starting school with food allergies: listening to parents and children's voices
  • Anaphylaxis Australia Inc.
Western Researchers: Prathyusha Sanagavarapu
Years: 2012-04-18 - 2014-12-31
ID: P00020649


Doctor Sanagavarapu is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Towards assessment for learning - a twenty-first century skill: Formative assessment in tertiary education - from the myth to the reality.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Lecturers' amd students' perceptions of Flipped Classroom Instruction and the effects of FCI on the speaking skills of EFL students in a Vietnamese University.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Implementing Educational Play to Support Chinese Language Learning of Students in Grade 5 and 6 in an Australian Public School
Field of Research: Teacher Education: Primary; Other Education
Thesis Title: Designing an Educational Program to Build Leadership Behavior Skills in Preschoolers
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Challenges of Language and Cultural Adjustments of Early Primary School Learners: A Case Study of Immigrant Children from Indian Background Families in Australia
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Flipped Learning and Self-Regulated Learning Experiences in Higher Education: A Qualitative Case Study
Field of Research: Other Education
Thesis Title: The Significant Role of Community Schools, in Particular Sri-Lankan/Indian Tamil Schools to Community Engagement in Education
Field of Research:


Title: Allergy anxieties climb when it is school time
Description: WSU News story
Title: Back to school anxiety for families
Description: WSU News Centre story

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