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Prof. Kathan Shukla

Ravi J Matthai Centre For Educational Innovation


Educational Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Educational Research, Statistics & Evaluation, University of Virginia, Virginia, USA (2015)
  • M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, University of Houston, Texas, USA (December 2010)
  • M.Sc. in Solid State Physics, Sardar Patel University, Gujarat, India (2007)
  • B.Sc. in Physics, St. Xavier's College, Gujarat University, Gujarat, India (2005)

Academic Affiliation

  • Assistant Professor, Ravi J. Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. (August 2016 - present).
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Human Services, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia (August 2015 - August 2016).
  • Instructor for Research, Statistics, & Evaluation Program, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia (August 2015 - August 2016).
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Leadership, Foundations and Policy, University of Virginia (July 2011- July 2015).
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Houston Main Campus (August 2009- December 2010).
  • Physics Teacher, Vishwabharati English Medium School, India (2007- 2008).

Professional Affiliation

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
    • Member of Division D: Measurement and Research Methodology 
    • Member of Special Interest Groups
      • Structural Equation Modeling
      • Survey Research 
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Comparative International Education Society (CIES)
    • Member of Special Interest Group: South Asia
  • Society for Prevention Research (SPR)



How to Motivate Students for Learning? [Offered to the FPM (PhD) students]

This course provides an opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of human learning and motivation theories and then apply this knowledge to make a meaningful contribution to the lives of students from the local schools.  

Course syllabus is available here

Gamification, Technology and Learning Motivation (offered to PGP, PGPX, PGP-FABM students)

Motivating and engaging individuals for learning new things is often essential for organizations that strive for growth. Gamification provides a useful mechanism in this regard and is increasingly being employed across the fields of education, health, public services, business and management. It is the application of game design elements in real-world context to motivate user behaviours. This course provides an opportunity to develop an understanding of gamification, human learning and motivation theories and then apply this knowledge to devise and conduct interventions for improving academic as well as non-academic outcomes of students particularly those from underserved communities. 
Course syllabus is available here.
Structural Equation Modeling (offered to FPM [PhD] students)
The course builds on the insights and knowledge obtained in first year research methodology courses (Survey of Statistical Methods, Introduction to Research Methods and Qualitative Techniques) and provides a hands-on training of Structural Equation Modeling (SEM). The course shall introduce the participants to survey-based research designs and the SEM analytic technique used to analyze the data collected. The course shall provide inputs relating to measurement theory and ways to incorporate them in our analysis. The course will be based on a combination of theoretical and practice-oriented sessions that will provide working knowledge of statistical software like SPSS, AMOS and Mplus.
Course syllabus is available here

Area of Research

  • Kathan's work emphasizes on the synergy of methodological rigour and in-depth substantive inquiry of educational problems.
  • Methodologically, his research focuses on the applications of contemporary quantitative techniques (structural equation modeling, multilevel modeling, latent class modeling);  Educational testing & measurement; Scale development and validation.
  • More recently, Kathan collaborates with Prof. Vijaya Sherry Chand and Prof. Vishal Gupta to examine the effectiveness of innovative teachers on student learning, motivation, and engagement.
  • Primary substantive interest: School Climate and Students' Academic & Psychological Outcomes.

Publications/ Articles/ Cases

Kathan's publication list is available here.

If you are interested in reading any of my publications, please email me. I'll be happy to share an e-copy of my work. 



Topic NameFile SizeFile Type
Syllabus of How to Motivate Students for Learning403889pdf
Syllabus of Gamification, Technology and Learning Motivation pdf
Syllabus of Structural Equation Modeling pdf


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