Maria Koutsoumpou holds a
- a B.A. in Primary Education from the Department of Primary Education, University Athens, Greece,
- an M.Ed. in Special Needs (International) from the Department of Education, University of Manchester, UK, and
- a Ph.D. in Language and Communication from City University, London, UK.
- She is a teacher, working at Greek state primary schools as well as KEDDY (Centre for Differential Diagnosis and Support for students with special educational needs), since 2008.
- She is currently attached to the Institute of Educational Policy in the Special Education Unit, as a Consultant in the field of Special Educational Needs.
Publications & Projects
She has conducted research and published academic papers in the following fields:
- Special needs (with focus on deaf studies).
- Bilingual education (with focus on deaf students’ writing as influenced by sign language).
- Adult education (with focus on non-formal education as a stepping stone to formal education and black and ethnic minority groups).
- Assessment in education (with focus on the deployment and impact of teaching assistants and support staff in English schools).
Her research interests focus on
- Assessment in education.
- Special education
- Bilingual education.
She has participated in the following projects:
- Success of minority ethnic groups (National Research and Development Centre-NRDC, Institute of Education).
- Formative assessment in vocational education (NRDC, Institute of Education).
- Counting and Teachers of adults (literacy, numeracy and ESOL): training needs (NRDC, Institute of Education).
- Deployment and impact of support staff in schools (Department of Psychology and Human Resources, Institute of Education).
- Teacher training of special educational support for the inclusion of students with special needs (Institute of Educational Policy).
She has participated in the following conferences:
- International Conference on: “Inclusion of Deaf People in Education and Society: International Perspectives”. 22 March, 2003. Presentation: “The effect of linguistic input on deaf students’ written narratives”.
- 5th JURE 2002 Conference, 19-23 August, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Presentation: «Language processing of deaf students’ written narratives”.
- 8th International Conference on «Writing», 10-13 Ιουλίου, 2002, Staffordshire University, Stafford, UK. Presentation: «Language processing of deaf students’ written narratives: four case studies».