Course Content (Syllabus)
Identity construction of children in Education
This section will deal with the rising public anxiety regarding children's social exclusion from schools because they are labeled as presenting "difficulties" or "disabilities" . These "deficits" are often generally organized as being "social/emotional", "behavioral", or "learning". Using a systemic approach, the specific section explores theories of children's constructions of "difference"; it further challenges the main assumptions about these constructions that shape decisions about children's everyday lives.
Dowling, E., & Osborne, E. (Eds.). (2003). The family and the school: A joint systems approach to problems with children. Karnac Books.
James, A., and A. James. 2004. Constructing Childhood. Theory, Policy and Social Practice. Hampshire/New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Jenks, C. (2005). General Introduction. In C. Jenks (Ed.), Childhood. Critical Concepts in Sociology (Vol.1, pp 1-22). London, Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group).
Quennerstedt, A., & Quennerstedt, M. (2014). Researching children’s rights in education: Sociology of childhood encountering educational theory. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 35, 115-132.
D.T. Zachos: a) Immigration and Educational- Social Displacement
This section seeks to deepen understanding of the theoretical perspectives related to schooling of displaced Migrant and Refugee children. Aspects of migration theory, educational policy and human rights are being explored in order to help students understand and evaluate educational responses to refugees.
Castles, S. & Miller, M. (1998). The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in The Modern World. The, London: Guilford press.
Clarke, M. & Drudy S. (2006). Teaching for Diversity, Social Justice And Global Awareness. European Journal of Teacher Education, 29(3), 371-386.
Suarez-Orozco, M. (2001). Globalization, immigration, and education: The research agenda. Harvard Educational Review, 71(3), 345-365.
Taylor, Sandra C. & Sidhu, Ravinder Kaur (2011). Supporting Refugee Students in Schools: What Constitutes Inclusive Education? International Journal of Inclusive Education, 16(1), 39-56.
Woods, Annette (2009). Learning to be Literate: Issues of Pedagogy for Recently Arrived Refugee Youth in Australia. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies: An International Journal, 6(1-2). 81-101.
b) Roma Education in Greece & Europe: Myths & Reality
This section attempts a critical investigation of the work on Roma education. Importance is given to a series of myths concerning the (supposed fixed) Roma identity and culture, which impede the school integration and school success of the students of this social group.
Miskovic, M. (Edit.) (2013). Roma Education in Europe: Practices, Policies and Politics. New York, NY: Routledge.
New, W. & Merry, M. (2012). Learning who They "Really" Are: From Stigmatization to Opportunities to Learn in Greek Romani Education. In: Z. Bekerman & T. Geisen (Edit.), International Handbook of Migration, Minorities and Education (623-640). London: Springer.
Zachos, D. (2017). Teachers’ Perceptions, Attitudes and Feelings Towards Pupils of Roma Origin. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 21(6). DOI: 10.1080/13603116.2017.1326176
Zachos, D. (2011). Sedentary Roma (Gypsies): The Case of Serres (Greece). Romani Studies 5, 21(1), 23–56.