Dr. Chrystalla Papademetri

Dr. Chrystalla Papademetri is Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Mathematics Education at the Department of Education Sciences at the European University Cyprus where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. She is the coordinator of the BA program in Early Childhood Education. Her research interests focus on the professional learning of educators, the empowerment of their role as teacher-researchers, the contemporary understanding of active learning and its relationship with creativity and play and the development of meaningful mathematical activities for young children. She participates in various locally and internationally funded projects that relate to her research interests. A number of these are European co-funded projects and include designing, implementing and evaluating professional development programs for educators. Her work has been published in international peer review journals and in edited book volumes.  She was a founding member and first Chair for six continuous years of OMEP (World Organization for Early Childhood Education)-Cyprus Committee. She was one of the main members of the scientific team that developed and supported, through professional development programs, the proposed Curriculum for Early Childhood Education that was announced by the Ministry of Education and Culture in 2011. This proposed curriculum constitutes the philosophical foundation of the New Curriculum that was announced in 2019 by the Ministry of Education and Culture. She has a long and rich experience in organizing Professional Learning Programs for Educations based on Action Research practices and organizing creative learning and play programs and settings for young children that are inspired by various learning theories and approaches (e.g. free play approaches, the Reggio Emilia Approach, The High Scope approach, The Maker movement-Makerspace, STEAM Education),

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