“I hope my research will help to encourage and empower teachers to use outdoor education in their lessons”

“In my research, I focus on the use of the school grounds in supporting outdoor education. I look at how we can make use of schools grounds and enable teachers to use their surroundings so that students aren’t just sitting in their typical indoors classroom. I done this by conducting field research with two public primary Greek schools, one of rural and one of urban environment in Northern Greece, where I am from. This allowed me to encounter and reveal different perspectives on outdoor education and helped me develop the content of my research. I have developed an understanding of the perception of teachers towards outdoor education in daily practice and any obstacles that prevent them from using their outdoor surroundings, starting from the school grounds, for teaching. I hope my research will help to encourage and empower more teachers to make more use of their school grounds during their lessons.”

“I had heard about the quality of teaching that this University provides at a postgraduate level”

“I originally studied for my first masters in Sweden and this sparked an interest in my mind to explore Scotland, as another country of the North which attempts to bring nature in schools. I was fortunate that I already knew who I wanted as my supervisors before I arrived in Aberdeen. I had heard about the quality of teaching that this University provides at a postgraduate level. During my masters I read some of the extensive work of Professor Donald Gray and Dr. Laura Colucci- Gray in the topic. I am very lucky to have them as my supervisors and they have maximised my experience during my time in Aberdeen.”

“It has been so inspiring to see such interest in my own country’s culture and language when I am so far from home.”

“Living in Aberdeen is a big life experience that definitely grows your understanding of what it means to live in the North. The environment is very inspiring for outdoor education. It is important to take breaks from studying and Aberdeen has plenty to do. It is not only the city but also the shire- the outskirts of the city- that provide a variety of activities for students. There are several great areas to walk through and many of the hiking trails almost certainly lead to an impressive castle. I love to go walking by the sea. We are really lucky in Aberdeen to have such a beautiful environment, combining rivers, sea and historic trails all around. For a shorter break, it is refreshing to go walking at a park (Seaton Park has been my favourite) after when you have spent so many hours working in the office. In my spare time I am also a tutor in the Greek Society teaching the Greek language to anyone who wants to learn it. It has been so inspiring to see such interest in my own country’s culture and language when I am so far from home.”

“Along with my family, I have set up and Eco-School in Greece”

“I have a number of options open to me once I finish my research. With my family, I have set up and Eco-School in Thessaloniki, Greece. This project has not only been a dream come true but most certainly a thesis come true! Our Eco-School, which is called “Blue Bee” offers a wide range of alternative educational activities for primary school children and their parents.