Katerina Mavrou

Katerina Mavrou
European University Cyprus · Department of Educational Sciences

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Introduction
Katerina Mavrou currently works at the Department of Education Sciences, European University Cyprus. Katerina does research in Assistive Technology and Inclusive Education, Pre-school Education and Primary Education. One of their current projects is 'Living Book: Augmenting Reading for Life'.
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February 2010 - March 2020
European University Cyprus
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  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (60)
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Understanding how disability is socially constructed is important for establishing inclusive schools, since the ways in which educators and non-disabled nondisabled students understand disability affect their actions towards disabled students. As social interaction today is very often an interplay between online and offline communication activities...
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This article presents the results of a study, conducted within the scope of the EU-funded project RELOBIE: Reusable Learning Objects in Education, which investigated faculty perceptions and practices regarding the educational use of contemporary and emerging technologies. A cross-national, in-depth online survey of n = 171 faculty members in the fo...
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In recent years, there have been significant developments in the education of people with disabilities. These developments have gone hand in hand with substantial legislative and technological changes that support the development of inclusive education in several European countries and globally. In order to support education environments in managin...
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Living Book—Augmenting Reading for Life, a three-year EU-funded Erasmus + project (September 2016–August 2019), exploited the affordances of augmented reality (AR) and other emerging technologies in order to address the underachievement of European youth in reading skills. The program developed an innovative approach that empowers teachers from upp...
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Recognizing the importance of reading, the EU Education and training 2020 (ET 2020) benchmarks set in 2009, included having less than 15% of 15-year-olds being under-skilled in reading by 2020 as one of its main targets. Unfortunately, while some EU countries have since made significant progress toward improving their students’ performance in readi...
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This chapter discusses an attempt to empower teachers to ‘augment’ students’ reading experiences as part of the project The Living Book – Augmenting Reading for Life (Erasmus+). The project’s overall aim is to address the under-achievement of European students in reading by developing an innovative approach that combines offline activities promotin...
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Findings of ESIPP project - post-project poster outlining the project, its findings and impact.
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Assistive technology supports maintenance or improvement of an individual’s functioning and independence, though for people in need the access to assistive products is not always guaranteed. This paper presents a generic quality framework for assistive technology service delivery that can be used independent of the setting, context, legislative fra...
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In this paper, we seek to explore how the concepts of dependence, independence and interdependence are reflected in discourses on documents prepared by two Commissioners in Cyprus (the Commissioner for the Rights of the Child, and the Commissioner for Administration and Protection of Human Rights). These documents reflect the views of parents, prof...
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Acknowledging the educational potential of ICT but also the crucial role of instructors in any effort to bring about change and innovation, EUC participated in a cross-national study on faculty and student at-titudes and practices regarding the use of videos and other techno-logical tools in higher education, conducted within the scope of the EU pr...
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Assistive technology (AT) is a powerful enabler of participation. The World Health Organization’s Global Collaboration on Assistive Technology (GATE) programme is actively working towards access to assistive technology for all. Developed through collaborative work as a part of the Global Research, Innovation and Education on Assistive Technology (G...
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This poster was designed for the INSAR 2018 conference in Rotterdam, May 2018, and describes the ESIPP project and findings to date.
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This chapter presents the results of a study on faculty perceptions and practices regarding the use of videos and other technological tools in higher education. The research was developed within the scope of the EU project RELOBIE: Reusable Learning Objects in Education (2014-1-FI01-KA200-000831). Through a cross-national, in-depth survey of facult...
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This qualitative research has been a pilot implementation of the ENTELS self-assessment framework for schools on digital skills development and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in inclusive education, in Cyprus. Results suggest that participant schools overall identified themselves as “getting started” to “some progress” in all area...
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Recognising and respecting the human rights of persons with disabilities constitutes an integral element of a democratic society. This caveat has been long articulated in health professionals' rhetoric on the importance of embedding a human rights discourse in the protection and promotion of individual and global health. Having signed and ratified...
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BACKGROUND: This paper presents part of the work undertaken by the European Network for Technology Enhanced Learning in an Inclusive Society (ENTELIS) to respond to the need for bridging the digital divide. It is based on previous evidence of lack of digital skills of people with disabilities of all ages to effectively participate in the digital so...
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General description: Autism challenges traditional parenting styles, and can make parents feel deskilled and disempowered, especially if little information or support is available to them. Giving accurate information about autism to parents, and teaching them to adapt their parenting using good autism practice has been shown to be effective in impr...
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The present study focused on cultural constructions of disability in virtual settings, examining specifically how cultural constructions of disability were mediated through the use of online technology. This was accomplished by identifying and analyzing Greek Cypriot online news media articles and online readers’ posts in response to these articles...
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Parent training has been shown to be an important means of supporting families living with autism – but such services are not universally accessible. A multinational project funded by the European Commission has been developed in order to establish such parent training in three south-eastern European countries. To ensure that the training was...
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Uvod: Autizam je doživotno stanje koje može imati značajan uticaj ne samo na pojedinca s autizmom, nego i na roditelje, braću, sestre i širu porodicu. Na području jugoistočne Evrope psihosocijalna podrška roditeljima dece sa autizmom je slabo razvijena. Ovaj rad se odnosi na trogodišnji ESIPP projekat (septembar 2015.-avgust 2018.) finansiran iz Er...
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This qualitative research has been a pilot implementation of the ENTELS self-assessment framework for schools on digital skills development and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in inclusive education, in Cyprus. Results suggest that participant schools overall identified themselves as "getting started" to "some progress" in all area...
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In order to support schools to assess their performance in supporting children with disabilities in their ICT and ICT-AT needs, a self-assessment framework was developed by a task force of partners and associate partners of the ENTELIS project. The self-assessment tool aims to help educational establishments that welcome learners with disabilities...
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This white paper will provide the reader with insight into the role technology plays for the full participation of persons with disabilities and older people in the digital society. The authors consider equal opportunities to participate in all realms of life a human right. The paper will help the reader to understand what the barriers to full digi...
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Η εκπαίδευση των οικογενειών με μέλος/η με αυτισμό θεωρείται σημαντικό μέσο για την υποστήριξη των ίδιων των οικογενειών. Παρόλα αυτά σχετικές δομές και προγράμματα δεν είναι ιδιαιτέρως διαθέσιμα ούτε στην Κύπρο ούτε και αλλού. Η εργασία αυτή έχει σκοπό να παρουσιάσει τα ευρήματα έρευνας επισκόπησης μέσω ερωτηματολογίου των σχετικών αναγκών οικογεν...
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ESIPP – parent education in autism Jasmina Troshanska1, David Preece2, Loizos Symeou3, Katerina Mavrou3, Eleni Teodorou3, Jasmina Stošić4, Jasmina Fray Škrinjar4, Ron Fortuna5, Nefi Charambalos Darden6, Aurelie Baranger7, Sanja Blažević8, Julia Hardcastle9& Vladimir Trajkovski1 1Macedonian Scientific Society for Autism, 2University of Northampton;...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to present the work of the European Network for Technology Enhanced Learning in an Inclusive Society project, which addresses the challenges of the digital divide for people with disabilities of all ages. Design/methodology/approach The project employs a number of activities and approaches which involve peopl...
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Autism can challenge traditional parenting styles, causing parents to feel deskilled and disempowered, especially when little information or support is available to them. The provision of accurate information about autism and teaching parents how to adapt their parenting using good autism practice has been shown to be effective in improving persona...
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Autism can challenge traditional parenting styles, causing parents to feel deskilled and disempowered, especially when little information or support is available to them (Dunn et al., 2001) and impacting on parental well-being and quality of life (Benjak, 2011; Benjak et al., 2009; Mouzourou et al., 2011). The provision of accurate information abou...
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his submission aims to present part of the EU funded ENTELIS (European Network for Technology Enhanced Learning in an Inclusive Society), which aims to address issues of reducing the digital divide, especially for people with disabilities of all ages, and to increase participation and social inclusion. ENTELIS, is a KA3 ICT Multilateral Network, un...
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This paper provides an overview of the construction of a conceptual framework regarding ICT-Assistive Technology (ICT-AT) competence development, designed to gain awareness of the elements involved and to facilitate the understanding and exchange among stakeholders of the ENTELIS (European Network for Technology Enhanced Learning in an Inclusive So...
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This submission presents part of the EU funded project ENTELIS (European Network for Technology Enhanced Learning in an Inclusive Society), which aims to address issues of digital divide and digital equity for people with disabilities of all ages, and to increase participation and social inclusion. This paper presents the main activities and outcom...
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Despite increased interest in mobile devices as learning tools, the amount of available primary research studies on their integration into mathematics teaching and learning is still relatively small due to the novelty of these technologies. Integrating Touch-Enabled and Mobile Devices into Contemporary Mathematics Education presents the best pract...
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This chapter discusses the potential of Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation (IPIN) systems in teaching and training Orientation and Mobility (O& M) to individuals with visual impairment. In addition, an attempt is made to investigate the implications of such trainings and technology in mathematics education, with regards to the learning of con...
Technical Report
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Θέσεις και απόψεις μελών του ακαδημαϊκού προσωπικού της Σχολής Τεχνών και Επιστημών της Αγωγής του Ευρωπαϊκού Πανεπιστημίου Κύπρου για τις τρέχουσες συζητήσεις για την αξιολόγηση, διορισμό και επαγγελματική μάθηση των εκπαιδευτικών http://paideia-news.com/index.php?id=109&hid=16690
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This chapter presents a pilot exploratory case study that seeks to bridge the classic gap between teacher preparation and practice by exploiting the affordances offered by digital simulations for contextualizing novice teachers’ learning and pedagogy. Using the simulated classroom SimSchool as a virtual field experience, a teaching intervention foc...
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A crucial step in learning to fly an airplane is to use a simulator, where the risks are minimized or even eliminated, and similar problems and hazards can be replayed and reflected upon time after time. A key aspect of this case study is to exploit such techniques by adopting the latest technological developments in simulating teaching practice to...
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Declining interest in mathematics and the need to raise the educational standards of youth in this discipline set a critical agenda for the revision of pedagogical practices. Tablet PCs and other mobile devices hold a lot of promise as tools for improving education at all levels. The research discussed in this chapter comes from an ongoing, multifa...
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Declining interest in mathematics and the need to raise the educational standards of youth in this discipline set a critical agenda for the revision of pedagogical practices. Tablet PCs and other mobile devices hold a lot of promise as tools for improving education at all levels. The research discussed in this chapter comes from an ongoing, multifa...
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The present paper contextualizes the recent process of development of the New National Curriculum (NNC) for use in Greek-Cypriot public schools. Using content analysis, it pays particular attention to the degree to which the language, performance expectations, and suggested materials described in the NNC take account of disabled children. Notwithst...
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The paper discusses issues related to inclusive education and curricula development based on the principles of universal design for learning (UDL), and it reports on the results of a qualitative content analysis of the new national curriculum (NNC) developed for the public Greek-Cypriot schools in Cyprus. According to the findings, the NNC does not...
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This chapter presents a pilot exploratory case study that seeks to bridge the classic gap between teacher preparation and practice by exploiting the affordances offered by digital simulations for contextualizing novice teachers' learning and pedagogy. Using the simulated classroom SimSchool as a virtual field experience, a teaching intervention foc...
Conference Paper
Virtual simulations for mathematics teacher training: prospects and considerations. A key aspect of this case study was to exploit the affordances offered by digital simulations for bridging the classic gap between teacher preparation and practice. Using the simulated classroom simSchool as a virtual field experience, a teaching experiment focused...
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Purpose: This study aims to investigate the effects of the use of symbols in the development of young children's ability to form questions in mainstream early-childhood education. Hypotheses examined whether the use of graphic symbols help 3. 5-5 year-old students to increase the number of questions and the number of words in the questions asked fo...
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A crucial step in learning to fly an airplane is to use a simulator, where the risks are minimized or even eliminated, and similar problems and hazards can be replayed and reflected upon time after time. A key aspect of this case study is to exploit such techniques by adopting the latest technological developments in simulating teach-ing practice t...
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This paper presents part of a work-in-progress that aims to discuss issues of accessibility in higher education regarding equal opportunities in the use and access of information and technology for students with disabilities in Cyprus. All Cypriot university Websites have been examined using accessibility evaluation techniques and the provisions ma...
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This paper discusses the results of peer acceptance in a study investigating the interactions of pairs of disabled and non-disabled pupils working together on computer-based tasks in mainstream primary schools in Cyprus. Twenty dyads of pupils were observed and videotaped while working together at the computer. Data analyses were based on the colla...
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Purpose – This paper aims to briefly describe the experiences from the design, development and implementation of a(n) (assistive) technology course in a postgraduate programme for a Master's in special/inclusive education. Design/methodology/approach – Data presented in the paper are collected documents' study, and specifically from students' assig...
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This paper aims to describe the policies and procedures of the use of assistive technology (AT) to support education and social inclusion of children with disabilities in Cyprus, through the investigation of four case studies. The paper initially presents the setting of the use of technology in inclusive and special education, as very recently deve...
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This paper discusses the results of a study of the role of the computer in scaffolding pupils' interaction and its effects on the disabled (D) pupils' participation and inclusion in the context of socio-cultural theories and the ideals of inclusive education. The study investigated the interactions of pairs of D and non-disabled (ND) pupils working...
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This paper focuses primarily on the methodological considerations of a study investigating the interactions of pairs of disabled and non‐disabled children working together on computer‐based tasks, in mainstream primary schools in Cyprus. Twenty dyads of pupils (each pair comprising a disabled child and a non‐disabled peer), were observed and videot...

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Projects (2)
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Helping parents to understand their children with autism and to effectively manage their behaviour will have significant benefits regarding social inclusion, quality of life, educational achievement, employment and equality of opportunity. As such, this project will contribute to the development of a more equitable and socially inclusive Europe in both the short, medium and long terms. (http://esipp.eu/)
Archived project
The ENTELIS project - funded by the European Commission within the Lifelong Learning Programme - brings together nine partners from across the European Union and one partner from the United States, in the whole providing all competencies and expertise needed to address this complex issue. Other organisations have joint the consortium as Associate Partners.; It is our aim to reduce the digital divide by developing a sustainable network of organisations that collaborate in the development of strategies and policies for digital skills development of persons with disabilities of all ages.(www.entelis.net) The network includes organisations of people with disabilities, academic institutions, service providers as well as national and international umbrella organisations. Any other interested Organisation may apply to join the network as associate parter, according to the network rules.