Maria Eliophotou Menon

Maria Eliophotou Menon
University of Cyprus · Department of Education

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August 1999 - present
University of Cyprus
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  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (41)
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The paper investigates the relationship between educational expenditures and student learning outcomes in the Republic of Cyprus. Using Multilevel Regression Analysis and Discriminant Function Analysis, we investigate the extent to which changes in the effectiveness status of schools can be related to changes in educational investment. Based on the...
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The paper investigates the experience of employed higher education graduates in two countries with high rates of graduate unemployment. It examines the employment experience of graduates and their perceptions regarding the contribution of higher education to their employment and career prospects. Qualitative research was used to collect information...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to investigate the problems faced by unemployed and underemployed graduate students in a small European country. It focusses on the way young people adjust to unemployment and underemployment and on the specific strategies they use to enhance their employability. Various aspects of these strategies as they relat...
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The paper investigates the views of Greek university graduates on the link between higher education and productivity in order to determine the extent to which productivity can be considered to be an indication of quality in higher education. It also investigates the perceived effect of the type and content of higher education on productivity; facto...
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Research points to several determinants of the private demand for higher education, which include individual, social, economic, and institutional variables. Of these variables, economic factors are considered to be highly relevant, especially in the current financial crisis. The paper investigates the link between expected rates of return to higher...
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In recent decades, higher education systems and institutions have been called to respond to an unprecedented number of challenges. Major challenges emerged with the phenomenal increase in the demand for higher education and the associated massive expansion of higher education systems. In response universities were called to adopt planning and resea...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the link between transformational/transactional/passive-avoidant leadership behaviors, teachers’ perceptions of leader effectiveness and teachers’ job satisfaction. In this context, the paper also examines the conceptual model underlying the scales of the most widely used instrument in research...
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The paper investigates the views of employers and stakeholders in Cyprus regarding the effect of training on productivity in their organisation. Qualitative research was used to collect information from 26 individuals who represented different types of employers (public sector institutions, semi-government institutions, small and large private orga...
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The employability of university graduates constitutes a major policy concern in both developed and developing nations. In this context, the present study uses self-reported data to compare the earnings and employment expectations of university students, and the realised earnings and employment paths of recent graduates. The sample consisted of 476...
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The article examines the problems faced by beginning teachers in Cyprus and the extent to which headteachers are considered to provide adequate guidance and support to them. Data were collected through interviews with 25 school teachers in Cyprus, who had recently entered teaching (within 1–5 years) in public primary schools. According to the findi...
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The paper investigates the association between individual characteristics and teacher job satisfaction in secondary education in Cyprus. It focuses on two individual characteristics commonly linked to job satisfaction in the literature, namely, gender and years of experience. A short version of a questionnaire previously employed by Dinham and Scot...
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This article examines the main influences on the decision of secondary school graduates to select higher education over labour-market entry. It reports the views of prospective higher education students and secondary school teachers regarding the main influences on the students' intention to pursue higher studies. Survey research was used to collec...
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The article examines the role of career counsellors in secondary education in Cyprus, with emphasis on their effect on students' career decisions. Survey research was used to collect information from 611 students and 36 career counsellors in Cyprus. Students were asked to rate the importance of several factors as influences on their career decision...
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Purpose – The purpose of this study is to examine the decision-making process in the Greek education system, as an indicator of the design and implementation of educational policy. Design/methodology/approach – The paper uses a case study approach to identify limitations in educational decision making in Greece. Specifically, it examines the case o...
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The paper investigates the economic benefits and costs of higher education as these are perceived by higher education candidates and labour market entrants in Cyprus. It provides further evidence on the topic after a similar study which preceded the present project by 10 years. Perceived rates of return to education are presented for two points in...
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The paper provides new estimates of the perceived rates of return to higher education in Cyprus and compares them to previous estimates for the year 1994 in the same country. Both the elaborate and the short-cut methods are used in the estimation of rates of return. The estimated rates are entered as independent variables in logistic regression ana...
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The study aims to investigate the relationship of organisational and teacher variables to job satisfaction among teachers in Cyprus. Data were collected througli a questionnaire used in the 'Teacher 2000 Project', which examined teacher fob satisfaction i>: several countries including Australia, England, New Zealand and the USA. A logistic regret'S...
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The paper presents the findings of a study of the decision-making process which precedes the choice of a university in Greece. Specifically, the degree of rationality exhibited by prospective students is assessed in an attempt to provide a test for the economic approach to the explanation of human behaviour. Information search is used as an indicat...
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This article investigates and compares the satisfaction levels of pre-service and in-service primary school teachers with respect to school organization and administration. Primary data were collected through questionnaires completed by 315 pre-service teachers and 439 in-service teachers in Greece. The following six factors of school organization...
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The paper examines the views of students regarding the extent of their participation in the management of their university and their satisfaction with the degree of this participation. After an examination of the literature on student participation in university governance, the author presents the results of a survey based on data collected from 13...
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The main purpose of the present study was to identify and examine the concerns of primary school teachers in Cyprus in relation to the recent implementation of a new mathematics curriculum and the use of new mathematics textbooks. An adaptation of the Stages of Concern Questionnaire (SoCQ) based on the Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM) was admin...
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The paper examines the perceptions of future and current primary school teachers in Greece regarding the effectiveness of their school leaders. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected through questionnaires completed by 126 future and 94 current teachers. According to the findings, future teachers were less positive than their current coun...
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This article investigates the effect of the completion of an undergraduate educational administration course on the expectations of pre-service teachers regarding school organisation. Data were collected from 225 students enrolled in the primary education programme of the University of Cyprus. According to the findings, respondents who had complete...
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This paper investigates the degree of information search that preedecons the choice of a private third-level educational institution in Cyprus. Information search is used as an indication of rationality in order to provide a test for the economic approach to the explanation of human behaviour. A survey was conducted among 120 college students in th...
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Incl. abstract, bibl. The article assesses the importance of rate-of-return (RoR) analysis for planning and policy making in higher education. After a review of the methods used, the main criticisms brought against RoR analysis are discussed in relation to the screening function of education, the measurement of educational costs and benefits, and o...
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The views of academics on the aims and mission of higher education in society are related to their orientation regarding teaching and research. Data were collected through questionnaires from 52 academics in Cyprus. The responses suggest that the humanistic or personal-development view of the mission of higher education was considerably more popula...
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The paper argues for the need toincrease student participation in universitygovernance, especially in relation tohigh-level decision-making concerning the aimsand mission of tertiary institutions. The paperexamines the arguments in favour of, andagainst, student participation in universitygovernance. It also provides an overview ofthe findings of r...
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This article investigates the views of the students of the University of Cyprus concerning the aims and character of the university, in general, and the Department of Education, in particular. Moreover, it examines the extent to which the students' preparation for the labour market is considered satisfactory. Data were collected from 135 students o...
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Compares the views of pre-service and in-service elementary school teachers regarding the effectiveness of school leaders in Cyprus. Data were collected from 66 in-service teachers, and 79 pre-service teachers enrolled at the University of Cyprus. The findings indicate that in-service teachers were significantly more positive than pre-service teach...
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The study compares the satisfaction ratings of future and current elementary school teachers with respect to the main aspects of school organization and administration. Data were collected from 66 in-service teachers and 79 preservice teachers in Cyprus. The application of factor analysis on the data resulted in the identification of the following...
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The present study aims to examine the concerns of primary school teachers in Cyprus in relation to the recent implementation of a new mathematics curriculum. An adaptation of the Stages of Concern Questionnaire (SoCQ) based on the Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM) and a teachers’ efficacy questionnaire were administered to a representative sampl...
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The purpose of this article is to examine the relationship between preservice teachers' general self-esteem and mathematics achievement through the inclusion of variables that are supported by recent research in psychology and social cognitive theory. A structural equation model is used to examine the paths from mathematics achievement to general s...
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The present paper attempts to assess the link between economic factors and the private demand for higher education through an investigation of the findings of relevant studies. After an examination of the various methodologies adopted by different authors in the estimation of the perceived rate of return to higher education, the main findings of av...
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The proportion of young people opting for third level education in Cyprus is exceptionally high, currently about 60% of the relevant age group. This has caused concern among the country's policy makers who are aware of the limited capacity of the Cyprus economy to accommodate the increasing supply of higher education graduates. In the present study...
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The paper estimates perceived rates of return to higher education in Cyprus and uses them in logistic regression analysis in order to study the effect of economic considerations on the decision of secondary school pupils to pursue higher education. Unlike earlier studies, the data used in the computation of these rates are based wholly on the pupil...
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The paper examines the costs and economic benefits of higher education as these are perceived by final-form secondary school students in Cyprus. It also investigates the main influences on students' expected lifetime earnings. The findings are supportive of human capital theory: students who intended to enter third-level education expected their li...
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The article examines the reasons for the high demand for higher education in Cyprus. At present, economic, societal, and cultural forces are widely accepted as responsible for the phenomenal increase in demand. A survey of secondary school final form students conducted in Cyprus by the author reconfirms the importance of these forces but also point...

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