Myria is a Lecturer in Education (Inclusion) in the Department of Education. She started her career as a primary school teacher and worked within mainstream primary settings for six years. During and after the completion of her PhD she worked within the Higher Education sector, initially as a researcher and then as a lecturer. Her background is concerned with the forms of inclusion and exclusion of children with disabilities in mainstream educational settings, enhancing parental engagement, and supporting children’s participation and learning.
As a result she has worked closely with practitioners and children in order to plan, organise and implement inclusive practices. She has developed and coordinated numerous programmes aimed at widening the educational support provided to children and increasing their participation, and has taught across several education undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Myria’s main research interests focus on the policy and practice of special and inclusive education, home-school relations and parental engagement, and education and training of early years and primary school teachers regarding inclusive pedagogy and practice. Her PhD focused on the enactment of the special education law (113(I)/99) in Cyprus, and its implications on the educational and social progress of children with disabilities.
Over the last years Myria has developed, implemented and coordinated a number of research programmes aiming at enhancing children’s participation and learning, while communicating with teachers the principles of inclusive education and discussing issues of social justice.
Myria is keen to continue the development and implementation of inter-disciplinary collaborative projects in the areas of social justice, special and inclusive education, participation, and literacy and drama.
Myria has taught in undergraduate and postgraduate courses in modules regarding special and inclusive education, special needs in mainstream schools, and qualitative research.
At the OU she is chairing the following modules:
Myria was also on the module team for the production of EE815: Understanding Literacy: social justice and inclusive practice (2014-2015), a compulsory module in the Inclusive Practice route of the Masters degree in Education.
Myria has given a number of invited lectures in the UK and Cyprus, as well as seminars to teachers and parents, and has disseminated her work via conference and journal publications.
Referred Journal Publications:
Qualitative doctoral research in educational settings: Reflecting on meaningful encounters (2020-03)
Kambouri-Danos, Maria and Pieridou, Myria
International Journal of Evaluation and Research in Education, 9(1) (pp. 21-31)
Qualitative Methodology and Inclusion: Questions and Reflections (2012)
Pieridou, Myria and Phtiaka, Helen
In : Crisis and the Role of Pedagogy: Institutions, Values, Society, 12th Conference of the Cyprus Pedagogical Association (8-9 Jun 2012, University of Cyprus, Nicosia) (pp. 341-350)
The Impact of Special Units in Mainstream Primary Schools: The case of Cyprus (2010-06)
In : Managing Educational Change: Research, Policy, Practice (4-5 Jun 2010, University of Cyprus, Nicosia) (pp. 191-203)