Dr Maria Evagorou
Maria Evagorou is an Associate Professor in Science Education at the School of Education, University of Nicosia, and also the Associate Head of the Department of Education. Her research focuses on exploring and enhancing students’ and pre-service teachers’ argumentation especially in socio-scientific issues. She has participated in research aiming to promote young students’ argumentation when supported by mobile technologies, and in a number of EU funded research projects, and was the scientific coordinator for the PreSEES project (Preparing Science Educators for Everyday Science). Before returning to Cyprus, she worked as a researcher at the Center for Informal Learning and Schools (CILS) at King’s College London, and as a Lecturer at King’s College London. She has published widely on socio-scientific argumentation and teaching approaches to science education. She is the Strand coordinator of the Pre-Service Teacher Strand for ESERA (European Science Education Research Association) and is also involved in in teacher professional development in Cyprus. Maria’s main role in DIALLS involves working with teachers and students to support them during argumentation activities (WP3).
Dr Marina Rodosthenous-Balafa
Marina Rodosthenous-Balafa is an Assistant Professor in Modern Greek Literature and Teaching of Literature at the University of Nicosia. She graduated from the University of Cyprus with High Honours (BA in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies). She continued her studies at King’s College London (MA in Modern Greek Studies) and Cambridge University (PhD in Early Modern Greek Literature). She was employed as Special Scientist and Associated Educational Personnel at Cambridge University (2004-2006), European University of Cyprus (2007-2009), Cyprus University (2001-2003, 2007-current) and Open University Cyprus (2010-2011, 2014). She has presented her research in several international and regional conferences. She has published two edited volumes on Teaching Literature in Primary and Secondary Education and several articles in refereed journals, collective volumes and conference proceedings. She has organized four conferences on Literature and Teaching Literature and she is the coordinator of the MA Programme of Study: Teaching of Language and Literature (MEd). Marina’s role in DIALLS involves the coordination of the collection of wordless texts in Cyprus (WP2), and working with teachers to develop cultural literacy activities based on the wordless texts (WP3).
Dr Agni Stylianou-Georgiou
Dr Agni Stylianou-Georgiou, an Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology at the Department of Education, University of Nicosia, holds a BA degree in Elementary Education from the University of Cyprus and a PhD degree in Educational Psychology (Cognition and Instruction) from the University of Connecticut. She is the coordinator of the Pre-primary Education Program at the University of Nicosia. Her research interests include metacognition and its role in hypertext navigation, test-taking metacognition, collaborative learning environments and creative problem solving during instructional design. Dr. Stylianou-Georgiou has been involved in EU funded projects targeting the role of ICT in enabling a pedagogy for autonomy for teacher professional development (EUROPAL/ COMENIUS), fostering dialogue and argumentation for cultural literacy learning in schools (DIALLS/ H2020) and promoting innovative training via embodied learning and multi-sensory techniques for inclusive education though a community of practice (INTELED/ERASMUS). Her research work has been presented at International Conferences and published in International Conference Proceedings and Journals. Agni’s role in DIALLS involves working with in-service pre-primary and primary school teachers to prepare cultural literacy activities for younger students (WP3).
Christiana P. Karousiou
Christiana P. Karousiou has been awarded a PhD in Education from the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) at the University of Manchester in 2013 and is currently working as a Lecturer at the University of Nicosia in the Department of Education. She holds two master's degrees, in Educational Research (MSc) and in Educational Leadership and School Improvement (MEd). Her research interests include educational policy with a particular emphasis upon teachers’ continuing professional development, teachers’ professional identities, school improvement and qualitative research methods. She was the keynote speaker in pedagogical seminars and she presented work related to her research interests in academic journals and conferences. She has participated and coordinated European Projects such as the iLearnGreek, InterCap, Lifelong Readers 2.0, etc. Her role in DIALLS involves working with in-service pre-primary and primary school teachers to prepare cultural literacy activities for younger students (WP3).
Maria Vrikki’s main research interests focus on educational dialogue both in the classroom context (including technology-mediated dialogue) and beyond, namely the role of professional dialogues in teacher collaborative learning (e.g. in Lesson Study contexts). She explored these topics through a series of research projects at the University of Cambridge (2013-2018). Maria’s first degree is in English and Linguistics (Queen Mary, University of London), while her MSc and DPhil degrees focus on Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (University of Oxford, 2008-2013). In parallel to her research work, Maria taught on relevant topics at a range of institutions in the UK and Cyprus. She also supervised a number of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects at these institutions. Maria’s work on the DIALLS project at the University of Nicosia involves trialling wordless texts with teachers and students in schools (WP2), and supporting the activities related to dialogue and argumentation (WP3 & WP5).
Maria Chatzianastasi (Hadjianastasi)
Maria Chatzianastasi (Hadjianastasi) is a post-doc researcher at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. She completed her BA (with a Minor in Psychology) and MA degrees in the Sciences of Education (Primary Education), both with High Honours, at the University of Cyprus. Maria also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training in the Humanities and Social Sciences and a PhD in children’s literature and linguistics from Newcastle University. Since 2009 she has been working as a primary school teacher. She has worked both in public and private education in Cyprus. She is also a Scientific Collaborator at the European University Cyprus where she has previously taught Children’s Literature modules to undergraduate students of Primary Education. She participates in a number of research organizations including the International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL) and the Cypriot section of IBBY (Board Member 2013-2015) and she is a member of the Children’s Literature Graduate Unit (School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics – Newcastle University). Maria’s research work has so far been presented at international conferences and published in local and international conference proceedings and journals. Her main research interests involve the aesthetic and pedagogic aspects of children’s literature, children’s literature in education, contemporary trends in children’s literature, new forms and formats in children’s books, the use of wordless texts for inspiring classroom dialogue, multimodality for cultural literacy (DIALLS) and controversial themes in children’s literature. Her role in DIALLS involves the selection and trial of wordless texts with students of primary education (WP2), the cooperation with teachers for the development of CLLP, teachers’ professional development and working with wordless texts and pre-primary to secondary school students (WP3).
Dr Elena C. Papanastasiou
Dr. Elena C. Papanastasiou, an Associate Dean at the University of Nicosia, has received her Ph.D. in Measurement and Quantitative Methods from Michigan State University and an Honors B.Sc. in Education from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Papanastasiou specializes in psychometrics, scale development, evaluation, and in applications of advanced statistical methods. Her methodological work includes applications of structural equation modeling, hierarchical linear modeling, and other advanced multivariate techniques. Through various projects, Dr. Papanastasiou has been involved in funded research projects in the USA and Europe. Dr. Papanastasiou also serves as the General Assembly representative of Cyprus in the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), while in 2014 she had been elected in the Standing Committee of the organization. In 2018 she was awarded the status of Fellow of the Association of Educational Assessment-Europe based on her research and expertise in the area assessment. Dr. Papanastasiou will take the lead in the evaluation of the activities that will take place in the development of the Cultural Literacy Learning Programme (WP3), including the creation of the data collection instruments, as well as the analyses of the results (WP5).
Dr Emilios A. Solomou
Dr. Emilios A. Solomou is the Director of the UNESCO Chair, University of Nicosia. He has studied History at the University of Cardiff and his postgraduate studies are in the field of History and History Methodology and Didactics. He received his Doctorate, from the University of Middlesex (U.K.). Since 2000 he has been teaching Cyprus History on the M.A. in International Relations Programme, and Cyprus History and History Didactics on the B.A. in the Primary Education Programme, at the University of Nicosia. Dr. Solomou is a member of the Cyprus Society of Historical Studies, member of the Historical Association of the United States, a Fellow of the Historical Association of Great Britain, a member of the National Council for History Education (USA), a member of International Society for History Didactics, a member of International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History, as well as of many other Professional Associations and Organisations in Cyprus, the U.K and the U.S.A. His role in DIALLS is linked with the professional development of teachers in cultural literacy and argumentation.