Dr Elias Avramidis
Honorary University Fellow
Elias Avramidis is currently a lecturer at the University of Thessaly. Prior to taking up this post in 2010 Elias was employed as a senior lecturer here in the Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter, and before that a lecturer at the University of York and post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Bath.
Elias is a member of the Editorial board of Education 3-13
His research interests are in the areas of inclusive education/SEN, psychology of learning, and research methodology.
BA in Primary Education, University of Thessalia, Greece
MEd in Special Educational Needs, University of Exeter, UK
PhD in Education, University of Exeter, UK
My research interests are in the areas of inclusive education/SEN, psychology of learning, and research methodology.
My research mainly focuses on examining the theory and practice of inclusion and the barriers to its implementation. My work (covering primary, secondary and tertiary settings) has sought to identify effective policies and pedagogies to address the needs of children and adults described as experiencing learning difficulties. More specifically, my research extends to the evaluation of inclusive education programmes; emotional and behavioural difficulties in childhood and adolescence; support provision for disabled students in Higher Education within a general context of lifelong learning and widening participation; dyslexia in adulthood; and the identification of, and provision for, children with autistic spectrum disorders. All my studies have involved practitioners and policy-makers at all stages of the research process. My work has been widely disseminated in a range of national and international fora to inform policy-making and practice.
Research Keywords: Special Educational Needs (SEN), SEN policy and practice, special education, inclusion, inclusive education, disability, children's perspectives, peer interactions, moderate learning difficulties, emotional and behavioural difficulties, autism, dyslexia, self-concept, self-esteem, self-efficacy, learning environment, primary education
I was successful in obtaining a large grant (£175,000) under the highly competitive ESRC ‘First Grants’ scheme, which supports the career development of lecturers with substantial funding for innovative projects. My project examines “The social impacts of inclusion on ‘statemented’ pupils with Special Educational Needs and their mainstream peers” and will run from November 2006 to October 2008.