Department of Education
Cyprus University of Technology
Simoni Symeonidou is an assistant professor (Inclusive Education) at the Department of Education of the University of Cyprus. She holds degrees from the University of Cyprus (BEd in Primary Education), the University of Manchester (MEd in Special Needs and Development) and the University of Cambridge (PhD in Education). Her research interests include teacher education for inclusive education, curriculum development for inclusive education, inclusive education policy and practice, and disability politics. She is actively involved in networks and local and European associations which promote inclusive education issues. She is actively involved in the continuing professional development of teachers working in pre-primary, primary or secondary education. Her publications include articles in international peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and two books in Greek and an edited volume in English. Simoni is the scientific co-ordinator of the research project 'Tessearae of Knowledge' (www.ucy.ac.cy/psifides-gnosis); a project focusing on the collection, digitisation, dissemination, and usage of material produced by disabled people and people with chronic illnesses.
Teacher education for inclusive education Curriculum development for inclusive education Disability art Inclusive edication policy and practice Disability politics
Gibson, S., Baskerville, D., Berry, A., Black, A., Norris, K., & Symeonidou, S. (2016). ‘Diversity’, ‘Widening Participation’ and ‘Inclusion’ in Higher Education. An international study. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 18(3), 7-33. http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/WPLL.18.3.7
Gibson, S., Baskerville, D., Berry, A., Black, A., Norris, K., & Symeonidou, S. (2017). Including students as co-enquirers: matters of identity, language and labelling in an International Higher Education participatory research study. International Journal of Educational Research, 81, 108-118. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2016.11.008
Jones, C., & Symeonidou, S. (2017). The Hare and the Tortoise: A comparative review of the drive towards inclusive education policies in England and Cyprus. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 21(7), 775-789. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2017.1283715