Monday, 12 March 2012 00:05

Department of Primary Education, University of Crete

The University of Crete is a Public University composed of two campuses catering for 16,000 students in total. The Rethymno campus houses all the Humanities, while Science and Medicine are located in Heraklio. The University of Crete has over 500

academic faculty members and 400 administrative staff.

The Department of Primary Education, established in 1984-85, is one of the nine academic departments that provide Bachelor Degrees for primary school teachers in Greece. The department has participated in several networks promoting all aspects of education in general and science education in particular, both at a national and international level such as Comenius 3, Hands on Science network, several Comenius 2 projects, and STEDE (Science Teacher Education Development in Europe) thematic network. The department also hosts the Laboratory for Science Teaching (CLab) that, has a sound reputation in science education, with particular interest in primary school physics education and ICT.

The Pri-Sci-Net Team

Dr. Marianna Kalaitsidaki represents the University on Pri-Sci-Net and is an assistant professor of Biology. Her research interests focus on urban environmental problems and place-based education. She also co-authored the current biology secondary school textbook used in all Greek schools since 2002.

Prof. Panagiotis Michaelidis is the dean of the Faculty of Primary Education and the head of the Laboratory of Primary Science Education.

Mr. Nektarios Tsagliotis is a science teacher and researcher who is currently reading for his PhD at the University of Crete and participating in Pri-Sci-Net. 



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