Funding

2011 – 2012

Start-up funding, University of Cyprus

Website and digital archive

2012 to date

www.ucy.ac.cy/psifides-gnosis
General information
Digital archive (digital portfolios & search tool)
Network of members
Project publications and activities

Recognition

2016

'Tesserare of Knowledge' was selected as example of good practice in Cyprus. Available at: https://www.inclusive-education-in-action.org/case-study/tesserae-knowledge-project-leading-inclusive-curriculum-development-cyprus
Project 'Inclusive Education in Action. Empowering Teachers-Empowering Learners' – UNESCO & European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education

Funded research based on Tesserae of Knowledge

2019 – 2021

Teacher education for inclusion: The potential of disability arts and life stories - DISARTS (Fund: €30,000)
Research project funded by the University of Cyprus (Internal Funding Competition)

Use of project outcomes in teacher education, University of Cyprus

2012 to date

Undergraduate course EDU 311: Introduction to inclusive education (taught every semester)
Postgraduate course EDU 545: Disability in the society and at school (taught every other semester)

Use of project outcomes in the educational system

Presentation of the project outcomes in joint committees (Ministry of Education & Cyprus Pedagogical Institute)

2015 & 2016

Lfe Skills Committee

2012

School Development and Improvement Committee

Teacher education seminars

2019
 
Προσεγγίζοντας τα θέματα της αναπηρίας μέσα από τη λογοτεχνία. [Approaching disability issues through literature]. Seminar for the primary school teachers of Lakatamia A’ Primary School. April 2. Lakatamia A’ Primary School, Nicosia, Cyprus. (in Greek)
 
2018
 
Παραδείγματα αξιοποίησης του υλικού των «Ψηφίδων Γνώσης» στο νηπιαγωγείο [Examples of using the ‘Tesserae of Knowledge’ material in the kindergarten]. Seminar for the teachers of Pernera Kindergarten. October 30. Pernera Kindergarten, Nicosia, Cyprus. (in Greek)
 
2018
 
Προσεγγίζοντας τα θέματα της αναπηρίας μέσα από τη λογοτεχνία. [Approaching disability issues through literature]. Seminar for the primary school teachers of Acropolis Primary School. February 12. Acropolis Primary School, Nicosia, Cyprus. (in Greek)

2017

Διάβασε τι γράφω, άκουσε τι λέω, δες τι ζωγραφίζω: Εκπαιδευτικές προσεγγίσεις για την κατανόηση της αναπηρίας ως θέμα ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων [Read what I write, listen to what I say, and see what I paint: Educational approaches for understanding disability as a human rights issue]. Invited workshop to teachers at the day-conference organized by the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute entitled 'Raising awareness against racism and intolerance, and the promotion of equality and respect'. February 1, 2017. Philoxenia Conference Centre. Nicosia, Cyprus. (in Greek)

2015

Φιλοσοφία για παροχή ίσων ευκαιριών για όλα τα παιδιά [Ideology for equal opportunities for all children]. Seminar for the teachers of the University of Cyprus Kindergarten 'Lito Papachristoforou'. July 24, 2015. University of Cyprus Kindergarten 'Lito Papachristoforou'. Nicosia, Cyprus. (in Greek).

Ψηφίδες Γνώσης: Ένα εργαλείο για την ανάπτυξη στάσεων για τη διαφορετικότητα και την αναπηρία [Tesserae of Knowledge: A tool for developing attitudes for diversity and disability]. Seminar for the primary school teachers of Chryseleousa School. January 28, 2015. Chryseleousa Primary School, Nicosia, Cyprus. (in Greek)

Τα δικαιώματα των ατόμων με αναπηρία [The rights of people with disabilities]. Seminar for secondary school teachers (part of the two-day professional development seminar series organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture). January 21, 2015. A' Nicosia Technical School, Cyprus. (in Greek).

2014

Μπορώ να κάνω τη διαφορά; Ο ειδικός εκπαιδευτικός μπροστά στις προκλήσεις του σύγχρονου σχολείου [Can I make a difference? The special education teacher facing the challenges of the contemporary school]. Seminar for primary school teachers (part of the two-day professional development seminar series organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture). September, 2-4, 2014. Nicosia, Limassol & Famagusta, Cyprus. (in Greek).

Ποιοτική εκπαίδευση για όλα τα παιδιά στο νηπιαγωγείο [Qualitative education for all in the kindergarten]. Seminar for the teachers of the University of Cyprus Kindergarten 'Lito Papachristoforou'. February 1st, 2014. University of Cyprus Kindergarten 'Lito Papachristoforou'. Nicosia, Cyprus. (in Greek).

2013

Ανάπτυξη στάσεων για θέματα αναπηρίας μέσω της διδασκαλίας [Developing attitudes about disability issues through teaching]. Seminar for primary school teachers organized by the Inclusive Education Research Lab of the University of Cyprus. November, 2, 2013. Nicosia, Cyprus. (in Greek).

2012

Αξιοποίηση θεμάτων αναπηρίας στα νέα αναλυτικά προγράμματα [Employing disability related issues in the new national curriculum]. Seminar for secondary school teachers (part of the two-day professional development seminar series organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture). January 24, 2012. Phaneromeni Gymnasium, Nicosia, Cyprus. (in Greek).

Working with students

2018

Working with fourth grade students (Pernera Primary School)

2017

Working with fourth grade students (B Makedonitissa Primary School)

2016

Workshop based programme for children aged 6-8, in collaboration wth the Early Years Research Lab

2015

Working with frist and fourth grade students (Chryseleousa Primary school)

2014-2016

Working with the students of the University Kindergarten based in Nicosia

2013-2014

Working with the children of a primary school based in Nicosia

2012

Working with the students of an Evening school based in Nicosia

Lectures-Presentations

Public lectures

Symeonidou, S. (2019). Στερεότυπα και προκαταλήψεις που οδηγούν σε ρατσιστικές συμπεριφορές: πώς μεγαλώνουμε τα παιδιά μας για να μείνουν μακριά από αυτά [Stereotypes and prejudices leading to racist practices: how we raise our children to stay away from these all]. Public lecture organized by Pernera Primary School. December 4, 2019. Nicosia, Cyprus.

Symeonidou, S. (2016). Promoting inclusion in an exclusionary world: Challenges and complexities. Public lecture organized by the Department of Education of the University of Vienna. June 16, 2016. Vienna, Austria.

Lectures by invitation

Symeonidou, S. & Democratous, M. (2019). Εκπαίδευση για θέματα αναπηρίας. Από τη θεωρία στην πράξη [Education about disability issues: from theory to praxis]. Invited presentation at the two-day conference organised by the Theotokos Foundation & Cyprus University of Technology ‘Policy for disability, disability for policy. Cyprus today’. November 29-30. Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus. (in Greek)
 
Symeonidou, S. (2019). Η συμβολή των Σπουδών για την Αναπηρία στην εκπαίδευση των εκπαιδευτικών για την ανάπτυξη προγραμμάτων [The contribution of Disability Studies in teacher education for curriculum development]. Invited presentation at the two-day conference ‘Disability Studies: Deconstructing Disablism’. September 28-29, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece, Thessaloniki, Greece. (in Greek)
 
Symeonidou, S. (2018). Από την ένταξη στην ενιαία εκπαίδευση: Ας αρχίσουμε από τα βασικά [From integration to inclusive education: Let’s start from the basics]. Invited presentation at the day conference ‘Towards the inclusive school’ for the presentation of the findings of the project ‘Hey teachers, don’t leave the kids alone’ (Erasmus+). October 19, 2018. Panayia Trycherousa Primary School, Limassol, Cyprus. (in Greek)
 
Loizou, E. & Symeonidou, S., (2017). Καταπολεμώντας τα στερεότυπα για την αναπηρία μέσα από τη γελοιογραφία. [Fighting disability stereotypes through cartoons]. Invited presentation at the day conference ‘Teachers’ humor: research findings and practical approaches’ organized by the Early Childhood Research Lab, the Tesserae of Knowledge Project, and the Department of Education. April 28, 2017, University of Cyprus, Cyprus. (in Greek)
 
Symeonidou. S. (2017). ‘Ψηφίδες Γνώσης’, Ψηφίδες Δημιουργικότητας: Καινοτόμες προσεγγίσεις θεμάτων αναπηρίας στο σχολείο. [‘Tesserae of Knowledge’, Tesserae of Creativity: Innovative approaches towards disability issues at school]. Invited presentation at the day conference organized for the Erasmus+ Programme ‘Developing competencies of teaching team to developing creativity of the children and adolescents’, November 18, 2017. Agios Spiridonas Special School, Larnaca, Cyprus. (in Greek)

Symeonidou, S. (2016). Mapping disability in the curriculum: What lies behind the lines? Invited presentation to students of the University of Vienna. June 16, 2016. Vienna, Austria.

Symeonidou, S. (2016). Εκπαίδευση για όλους: Η φιλοσοφία πίσω από την πράξη. [Education for all: The philosophy behind praxis]. Invited presentation at the day conference entitled 'Practices of Observation and Justification of Children's Development and Learning' organized by the University of Cyprus Kindergarten and the Department of Education of the University of Cyprus. February 20, 2016. Nicosia, Cyprus. (in Greek)

Symeonidou, S. (2013). Highly qualified professionals: Comments and reflections. Presentation at the international conference of the European Agency for Special Needs and Development 'Inclusive education in Europe. Key messages, putting theory into practice'. November 18, 2013. Brussels, Belgium.

Presentations in local and international conferences

Symeonidou, S. (2019). Employing a disability studies in education framework to engage teachers in anti-oppressive curriculum development. Paper presented at the Nordic Network on Disability Research (NNDR) conference “Inclusion and exclusion in the welfare state” May 8-10. Copenhagen: University College Copenhagen.
 
Symeonidou, S. & Loizou, E. (2018). Disability Studies as a framework for disability awareness programs: A ‘magic carpet’ is not enough. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference ‘The dreams, possibilities, and necessity of public education’, April 13-17. New York.
 
Loizou, S. & Symeonidou, S. (2018). Empowering children to deconstruct and criticize disability stereotypes through the appreciation and production of cartoons. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference ‘The dreams, possibilities, and necessity of public education’, April 13-17. New York.
 
Poyiadji, N., Symeonidou, S., & Charalambous, N. (2017). Raising the issue of disabled people's accessibility in the kindergarten: An innovative approach. Poster presented at the 27th European Early Childhood Research Association (EECERA) Conference ‘Social justice, solidarity and children’s justice’. August 29-September 1st. University of Bologna, Italy.
 
Symeonidou. S. (2017). The potential of disability arts and life stories in teacher professional development for inclusion. Paper presented at the 17th Biennial EARLI Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction ‘Education in the Crossroads of Economy and Politics. Role of Research in the Advancement of Public Good’. August 27-September 2, 2017. University of Tampere, Finland.

Charalambous N., Theodosiou, E., Stavrou, S., Theodorou, K., & Symeonidou, S. (2016). Οι 'Ψηφίδες Γνώσης' πάνε στο νηπιαγωγείο. ['Tesserae of Knowledge' go to the kindergarten]. Paper presented (as part of the 'Tesserae of Knowledge' Symposium) in the Cyprus Pedagogical Association 'Εκπαίδευση, Διεπιστημονικότητα και Σύγχρονος Κόσμος: Ο Ρόλος και η Συνεισφορά της Εκπαιδευτικής' [Education, interdisciplinarity and modern world: the role and contribution of educational research]. October 21-22, 2016. University of Cyprus, Cyprus. (in Greek)

Pogiatzi, N., & Symeonidou, S. (2016). 'Η χώρα του «Με νοιάζει για σένα»: Ένα παράδειγμα πρακτικής εφαρμογής στο νηπιαγωγείο' ['The country «I care for you». An example of good practice in the kindergarten]. Paper presented (as part of the 'Tesserae of Knowledge' Symposium) in the Cyprus Pedagogical Association 'Εκπαίδευση, Διεπιστημονικότητα και Σύγχρονος Κόσμος: Ο Ρόλος και η Συνεισφορά της Εκπαιδευτικής' [Education, interdisciplinarity and modern world: the role and contribution of educational research]. October 21-22, 2016. University of Cyprus, Cyprus. (in Greek)

Chrysostomou, Μ., & Symeonidou, S. (2016). Οι 'Ψηφίδες Γνώσης' πάνε στο δημοτικό. ['Tesserae of Κnowledge' go to the primary school]. Paper presented (as part of the 'Tesserae of Knowledge' Symposium) in the Cyprus Pedagogical Association 'Εκπαίδευση, Διεπιστημονικότητα και Σύγχρονος Κόσμος: Ο Ρόλος και η Συνεισφορά της Εκπαιδευτικής' [Education, interdisciplinarity and modern world: the role and contribution of educational research]. October 21-22, 2016. University of Cyprus, Cyprus. (in Greek)

Polydorou, E., & Symeonidou, S. (2016). 'Ανακατασκευάζοντας την έννοια της αναπηρίας στο δημοτικό'. ['Reconstructing the concept of disability in the primary school']. Paper presented (as part of the 'Tesserae of Knowledge' Symposium) in the Cyprus Pedagogical Association 'Εκπαίδευση, Διεπιστημονικότητα και Σύγχρονος Κόσμος: Ο Ρόλος και η Συνεισφορά της Εκπαιδευτικής' [Education, interdisciplinarity and modern world: the role and contribution of educational research]. October 21-22, 2016. University of Cyprus, Cyprus. (in Greek)

Chrysostomou, M., & Symeonidou, S. (2016). Introducing disabled people's voice in teacher education for inclusion. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, September 13-15, 2016. University of Leeds, England.

Charalambous, N., & Symeonidou, S. (2016) Investing in kindergarten teachers' professional development for inclusion: The added value of using material prepared by disabled people. Paper presented at the Disability Studies Conference. September, 6-8, 2016. Centre for Disability Research (CeDR) & Lancaster University, England.

Charalambous, N., Theodosiou, E., Stavrou, S., Theodorou, K., & Symeonidou, S. (2016). Επαγγελματική ανάπτυξη εκπαιδευτικών μέσω της αξιοποίησης υλικού που δημιουργήθηκε από άτομα με αναπηρίες. [Teachers' professional development through material developed by disabled people]. Paper presented at the 3rd Symposium of Early years and Primary Pedagogy 'Modern trends in developing curricula for teaching. April 23-24. University of Cyprus, Cyprus. (in Greek)

Chrysostomou, M., & Symeonidou, S (2015). Επαγγελματική ανάπτυξη εκπαιδευτικών: μια έρευνα δράσης. [Teachers' professional development: an action research]. Paper presented at the International Conference entitled 'Teacher professionalism and educational change: Possibilities for policy and practice'. September 11-12, 2015. European University Cyprus. (in Greek)

Avraamidou, S., & Symeonidou, S. (2014). Ανάπτυξη στάσεων για την αναπηρία στο δημοτικό σχολείο: διδακτικές εφαρμογές [Developing attitudes about disability in the primary school: teaching approaches]. Paper presented at the Cyprus Pedagogical Association Conference entitled 'Μπροστά στις εκπαιδευτικές προ(σ)κλήσεις: από τη θέση και την αντίθεση στη σύνθεση'. [In front of the educational challenges: from a position and contrast to composition]. October 10-11, 2014. University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus. (in Greek)

Chrysostomou, M., Pavlou, A., & Symeonidou. S. (2014). 'Μάθε με, άσε με να σου πω τι είναι η αναπηρία': μια μελέτη περίπτωσης του Στέλιου Κυμπουρόπουλου. ['Get to know me, let me tell you what disability is': a case study of Stelios Kybouropoulos]. Paper presented at the Cyprus Pedagogical Association Conference entitled 'Μπροστά στις εκπαιδευτικές προ(σ)κλήσεις: από τη θέση και την αντίθεση στη σύνθεση'. [In front of the educational challenges: from a position and contrast to composition]. October 10-11, 2014. University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus. (in Greek)

Georgiou, A., Ioannou, N., & Symeonidou, S. (2014). Η ζωή και το έργο του Γιάννη Γιαννακίδη: μια μελέτη περίπτωσης. [The life and art of Giannis Giannakides: a case study]. Paper presented at the Cyprus Pedagogical Association Conference entitled 'Μπροστά στις εκπαιδευτικές προ(σ)κλήσεις: από τη θέση και την αντίθεση στη σύνθεση'. [In front of the educational challenges: from a position and contrast to composition]. October 10-11, 2014. University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus. (in Greek)

Damianidou, E., & Symeonidou, S. (2012). Promoting inclusive education by employing disabled people's work in the curriculum. Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER). September 18-21, 2012. University of Cádiz, Cádiz, Spain.
Damianidou, E., & Symeonidou, S. (2012). Promoting inclusive thinking as a prerequisite of citizenship through curriculum reform and enrichment in Cyprus. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, September 4-6, 2012. University of Manchester, Manchester, England.

Demetriou, Ν., Monoyiou, Ε., Petrou, C., & Symeonidou, S. (2012). Εμπλουτίζοντας το αναλυτικό πρόγραμμα με το έργο των καλλιτεχνών με αναπηρία: μια μελέτη περίπτωσης [Enriching the national curriculum with material of disabled artists: a case study]. Paper presented at the Cyprus Pedagogical Association Conference entitled 'Η κρίση και ο ρόλος της παιδαγωγικής: θεσμοί, αξίες, κοινωνία' [Recession and the role of pedagogy: institutions, values, society]. June 8-9, 2012. University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus. (in Greek)

Panayiotou, M., Tsianika, V., & Symeonidou, S. (2012). Η αναπηρία στην κοινωνία και στο σχολείο. Αντώνης Ρέλλας, σκηνοθέτης-πολίτης με αναπηρία [Disability in the society and the school. Antonis Rellas, film director-citizen with disability]. Paper presented at the Cyprus Pedagogical Association Conference entitled 'Η κρίση και ο ρόλος της παιδαγωγικής: θεσμοί, αξίες, κοινωνία' [Recession and the role of pedagogy: institutions, values, society]. June 8-9, 2012. University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus. (in Greek)

Iacovou-Charalambous, Μ., & Symeonidou, S. (2011). Από τις σπουδές περί αναπηρίας στις σπουδές περί αναπηρίας στην εκπαίδευση: μια αλυσιδωτή αντίδραση έτοιμη προς εκμετάλλευση [From disability studies to disability studies in education: a chain reaction ready for exploitation]. Paper presented at the International Conference of the Hellenic Educational Society entitled 'Εκπαίδευση ατόμων με ειδικές ανάγκες: μια πρόκληση για το σχολείο και την κοινωνία' [Education of people with special needs: a challenge for the school and the society]. December 1-3, 2011. University of Macedonia, Thessalonica, Greece. (in Greek)

Damianidou, E., & Symeonidou, S. (2011). Applying disability studies in education through the work of Orkun Bozkurt. Paper presented at the International Sociological Association Conference mid-term international forum 'Social justice and participation: the role of higher education'. November 25-27, 2011. University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus.

Symeonidou, S. (2011). 'Other teachers need to know what we have learnt...' Introducing the disability culture in the national curriculum of Cyprus. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference. September 6-8, 2011. Institute of Education, University of London, London, England.

Symeonidou, S. (2011). Effective teaching for inclusive education: a critical review of the literature regarding innovative teacher education programs for inclusion. Paper presented at the 24th International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) entitled 'Linking research, policy and practice to promote quality in education'. January 4-7, 2011. Le Méridien Limassol Spa and Resort, Limassol, Cyprus.

 

Last updated: May 2017