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 Zachopoulou Evridiki

Academic Rank: Professor
Section: Music and Movement Education
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Work Phones: +30 2310 013528

Profile
Evridiki Zachopoulou holds a Diploma in Physical Education and Sport from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She holds a Master of Science in Coaching from Democritus University of Thrace and a Ph.D. in Music and Movement Education from the same University. She is Professor of Music and Movement Education in the Department of Early Childhood Care & Education, Faculty of Health and Medical Care at the Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki. She teaches in the Department of Early Childhood Care & Education since 2003, when she was elected to the position of Associate Professor. She began her academic career at the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science of Democritus University of Thrace, where she was Lecturer from 1999 to 2003. She has published over 45 papers in international scientific journals and more than 80 presentations at world conferences. The citations for her research work are above 440, while her h-index is 13.

Teached Courses

Research interests
  • Professional development of early childhood educators
  • Study of the implementation of intervention physical education programs for preschool aged children and their effects on children's development
  • Creativity in teaching and the creative child
  • Evaluation of the quality of early childhood education

Publications
  • Grammatikopoulos, V, Gregoriadis, A., Tsigilis, . & Zahopoulou, E. (2017). Evaluating quality in early childhood education in relation with children outcomes in Greek context. Early Child Development and Care . DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2017.1289192

  • Kouli, O., Grammatikopoulos, V., Gregoriadis, A. & Zachopoulou, E. (2015). Measuring the quality of Movement-Play Scale in Greek Early Childhood Education settings. Journal of Physical Activity, Nutrition and Rehabilitation, PANR e-ISSN: 2421-78241, 1 - 13.

  • Grammatikopoulos, V., Gregoriadis, A., Tsigilis, N. & Zachopoulou, E. (2014). Parental conceptions of quality in Greek early childhood education. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 22 (1), 134 - 148.

  • Grammatikopoulos, V., Gregoriadis, A. & Zachopoulou, E. (2013). Evaluating an early childhood educators’ training in six European countries. The International Journal for Innovation and Quality in Learning, 2, 15 – 21.

  • Gregoriadis, A., Grammatikopoulos, V. & Zachopoulou, E. (2013). Evaluating Preschoolers’ Social Skills: The Impact of a Physical Education Program from the Parents’ Perspective. International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 3 (10), 40 – 51.

  • Tsangaridou, Ν., Zachopoulou, Ε., Liukkonen, J., Gråstén, A. & Kokkonen, M. (2013). Developing Preschoolers’ Social Skills through Cross-Cultural Physical Education Intervention. Early Child Development and Care, DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2013.865616

  • Natsiopoulou, T., Vidali-Laloumi, E., Zachopoulou, E., Trevlas, E. & Research Group of Archimedes Project (2010). Αn Innovative Preschool Health Education Program. Health Science Journal, 4 (2), 110-117, www.hsj.gr.

  • Zachopoulou, Ε., Makri, Α. & Pollatou, Ε. (2009). Evaluation of children’s creativity: Psychometric properties of the Torrance’s test “Thinking Creatively in Action and Movement”. Early Child development and Care, 179(3), 317-328

  • Grammatikopoulos, V., Konstantinidou, E., Tsigilis, N., Zachopoulou, E., Tsangaridou, N & Liukkonen, J. (2008). Evaluating preschool children knowledge about healthy lifestyle: Preliminary examination of the healthy lifestyle evaluation instrument. Educational Research & Review, 3 (11), 351- 352.

  • Grammatikopoulos, V., Zachopoulou, E., Tsangaridou, N., Liukkonen, J. & Pickup, I. (2008). Applying a mixed method design to evaluate training seminars within an early childhood education project. Evaluation & Research in Education, 21 (1), 4-17.

  • Zachopoulou, E., Trevlas, E., Konstadinidou, E. & Archimedes Project Research Group (2006). The design and implementation of a physical education program to promote children’s creativity in the early years. International Journal of Early Years Education, 14 (3), 279-294.

  • Likesas, G. & Zachopoulou, E. (2006). Music and movement education as a form of motivation in teaching greek traditional dances. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 102, 552-562.

  • Deli, E., Bakle, I. & Zachopoulou, E. (2006). Implementing intervention movement programs for kindergarten children, Journal of Early Childhood Research, 4(1), 5-18.

  • Zachopoulou, E. & Makri, A. (2005). A developmental perspective of divergent movement ability in early young children, Early Child development and Care, 175 (1), 85-95.

  • Vernadakis, N., Avgerinos, A., Tsitskari, E. & Zachopoulou, E. (2005). The use of the computer assisted instruction in preschool education: Making teaching meaningful. Early Childhood Education Journal, 33 (2), 99-104.

  • Zachopoulou, E., Tsapakidou, A. & Derri, V. (2004) The effect of a developmentally appropriate music and movement program on motor performance. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 19, 631-642.


Presentations
  • Zachopoulou, E., Gregoriadis, A., Grammatikopoulos, V. & Tsigilis, N. (2015). Evaluating Children’s Motor Creativity in the Greek Early Childhood Education System. Second 21st Century Academic Forum – Conference at Harvard, Boston, MA, USA, March 8-10.

  • Gregoriadis, A., Zachopoulou, E. & Grammatikopoulos, V. (2015). Using ECERS-R to examine the quality of Greek ECE environments: Results from Early-Q THALES project. 16th Biennial EARLI Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction, Limassol, Cyprus, August 25-29.

  • Grammatikopoulos, V., Gregoriadis, A., Zachopoulou, E. & Behring, E. (2015). Examining the Relation between Greek Early Childhood Education Quality and Young Children’s Mathematical Competence. Second 21st Century Academic Forum – Conference at Harvard, Boston, MA, USA, March 8-10.

  • Gregoriadis, A., Zachopoulou, E. & Glueer, M. (2015). Examining the association between classroom-level interactions and the quality of teacher-child relationships. 25th EECERA Conference (European Early Childhood Education Research Association), Barcelona, Spain, September 7-10.

  • Zachopoulou, E., Kouli, O. & Tsigilis, N. (2014). Using “Movement-Play” scale in early childhood education in Greece. 24th EECERA Conference (European Early Childhood Education Research Association), Crete, Greece, September 7-10.

  • Grammatikopoulos, V., Zachopoulou, E., Glueer, M. & Bhering, E. (2014). The Early-Q project training in the Environment Rating Scales. BERA (British Educational Research Association) Annual Conference 2014, London, UK, September 23 - 25

  • Gregoriadis, A. Zachopoulou, E., Grammatikopoulos, V. (2013). Early Change: Promoting the Professional Development of Early Childhood Educators. LINQ 2013: Learning Innovations and Quality - The Future of Digital Resources, Rome, Italy, May 16 – 18.

  • Grammatikopoulos, V., Gregoriadis, A., Zachopoulou, E. (2013). Evaluation of educators’ professional development: Implementation of the four-level model approach. 1st International Symposium: Education and Teacher Education Worldwide – Current reforms, problems and challenges, Rethimno, Grete, Greece, May 28 – 30.

  • Pessanha, M., Barros, S., Zachopoulou, E., Grammatikopoulos, V., Gregoriadis, A., Leal, T. & Gamelas, A.M. (2013). Promoting the Professsional Development of Early Childhood Educators: preliminary results. 1st Joaquim Bairrao Symposium ‘Transatlantic Trends in Childhood Intervention’, Porto, Portugal, July 8 – 9.

  • Zachopoulou, E., Grammatikopoulos, V., Gregoriadis, A., Gamelas, A.M., Leal, T., Pessanha, M., Barros, S., Liukkonen, J., Loizou, E., Henriksen, C., Sanders Olesen, L., Ciolan, L. (2013). Comparing aspects of the process quality in six European early childhood educational settings. 6th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Seville, Spain, November 18 -20.

  • A. Gregoriadis, V. Grammatikopoulous, E. Zachopoulos, A. Gamelas, T. Leal, M. Pessanha, S. Barros, C. Henriksen, L. Olesen, L. Liukkonen, J. Loizou, L. Ciolan (2013). Early Change Project: Examining the quality of program structure and activities from six European countries. International Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale Annual Meeting 2013, Porto, Portugal, October 14 – 15.

  • Gregoriadis, A., Loizou, E., Grammatikopoulos, V. & Zachopoulou, E. (2012). Comparing Early Childhood Education Systems in Six European Countries. 22nd EECERA Conference (European Early Childhood Education Research Association, Porto, Portugal, August 29 – September 1.

  • Zachopoulou, E., Grammatikopoulos, V. & Gregoriadis, A. (2012), ‘Early Change’ Project: Promoting the Professional Development of Early Childhood Educators. 22nd EECERA Conference (European Early Childhood Education Research Association, Porto, Portugal, August 29 – September 1.

  • Gregoriadis, A., Zachopoulou, E. & Konstantinidou, E. (2011). Early childhood educators’ perceptions of creativity in education. OMEP European Conference 2011 – Perspectives on creativity and learning in Early Childhood, Nicosia, Cyprus, May 6-8, 120-128.

  • Zachopoulou, E., Gregoriadis. A., Grammatikopoulos, V. & Tsigilis, N. (2011). Parents’ quality assessments of their children’s early childhood classrooms. 14th ECERS International Workshop (Network Meeting), University of Oxford, Department of Education, UK, May 19-20.

  • Zachopoulou, E., Grammatikopoulos, V., Gregoriadis, A. & Tsangaridou, N. (2010). Enhancing preschoolers’ daily routine with extra curriculum activities (ESPEC): the parents’ perspective. OMEP XXVI World Congress, Göteborg, Sweden, August 11-13.

  • Gregoriadis, A., Tsangaridou, N., Zachopoulou, E. & Grammatikopoulos, V. (2010). Improving young children’s social skills through the implementation of a physical education program: the parents’ perspective. OMEP XXVI World Congress, Göteborg, Sweden, August 11-13.

  • Zachopoulou, E., Grammatikopoulos, V., Tsigilis, N. & Konstantinidou, E. (2010). Evaluation of the early childhood education in Greece. 13th ECERS International Network Meeting, Hinitsa Bay Hotel, Porto-Heli, May 30th- June 1st

  • Zachopoulou, E., Kouli, O. & Grammatikopoulos, V. (2009). The effect of movement programs on the intrinsic motivation of preschool aged children. 12th ISSP World Congress of Sport Psychology, Marrakesh, Morocco, June 17- 21.

  • Tsangaridou, N,, Zachopoulou, E., Pickup, I. & Liukkonen, J. (2007). Social skills in preschool aged children & how PE could affect them. 12th European Congress of Sport Psychology – Sport and Exercise Psychology: Bridges between disciplines and cultures, Athos Palace, Chalkidiki, Greece, September 4 – 9.

  • Liukkonen, J., Zachopoulou, E. & Tsangaridou, N. (2007). How realistically do parents evaluate their preschool children’s socioemotional skills? 12th European Congress of Sport Psychology – Sport and Exercise Psychology: Bridges between disciplines and cultures, Athos Palace, Chalkidiki, Greece, September 4 – 9.

  • Zachopoulou, E. & Matsouka, O. (2007). Teaching healthy issues for preschoolers through movement activities. 3rd International Congress: People, sport and Health, Saint-Petersburg, Russia, April 19 – 21.

  • Zachopoulou, E. (2007). Do movements activities and games facilitate creative thinking? 17th EECERA Annual Conference - Exploring Vygotsky’s Ideas: Crossing borders, Prague, Czech Republic, August 29 – September 1.

  • Zachopoulou, E., Deli, E., Timpa, E. & Trevlas (2007). Parents’ opinions about the impact of a Physical Education Programme on their children’s healthy behaviour. 17th EECERA Annual Conference - Exploring Vygotsky’s Ideas: Crossing borders, Prague, Czech Republic, August 29 – September 1.

  • Zachopoulou, E., Konstantinidou, E. & Kioumourtzoglou, E. (2006). The effect of verbal instruction on preschool children’s motor creativity. BERA (British Educational Research Association): Annual Conference 2006, Warwick University, United Kingdom, September 6-9.

  • Zachopoulou, E., Liukkonen, J., Tsangaridou, N. & Pickup, I. (2006). Knowledge of healthy behavior in preschool aged children in five European countries. 16th Annual Conference on Quality in Early Childhood Education - EECERA, Reykjavik, Iceland, August 30 – September 2.

  • Zachopoulou, E., Konstantinidou, E., Trevlas, E. & Deli, E. (2006). ‘Early Steps’ Physical Education Curriculum : a behavioral-health curriculum for preschool aged children. 16th Annual Conference on Quality in Early Childhood Education - EECERA, Reykjavik, Iceland, August 30 – September 2.

  • Liukkonen, J., Iivonen, S., Zachopoulou, E., Tsangaridou, N. & Pickup, I. (2006). How realistically do parents evaluate their preschool children’s health behaviour and physical activity? AIESEP 2005 World Congress – The Role of Physical Education and Sport in Promoting Physical Activity and Health, Jyvaskyla, Finland, July 5-8.

  • Zachopoulou, E. (2005). An Intervention Movement Programme to Promote Creativity in Prechool Aged Children. 15th Annual Conference on Quality in Early Childhood Education - EECERA, Dublin, Ireland, August 31 – September 3.


Books
  • Grammatikopoulos, V., Gregoriadis, A. & Zachopoulou, E. (2015). Evaluation of early childhood education environments and professional development: Current practices and implication. In O. Saracho (Eds), Contemporary Perspectives on Research in Educational Assessment and Evaluation in Early Childhood Education . Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, pp. 153 – 169.

  • Gregoriadis, A., Zachopoulou, E., Grammatikopoulos, V., Liukkonen, J., Leal, T., Gamelas, A., Pessanha, M., Barros, S., Loizou, E., Sanders Olesen, L., Henriksen, C. & Ciolan, L. (2014). Good practices in early childhood education: Looking at early educators' perspectives in six European countries. Thessaloniki: Xristodoulidi Publishers (E-Book).

  • Grammatikopoulos, V., Gregoriadis, A. & Zachopoulou, E. (2012). Acknowledging the role of motor domain in creativity in Early Childhood Education. In O. Saracho (Eds), Contemporary Perspectives in Research in Creativity in Early Childhood Education (161 – 178). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

  • Grammatikopoulos, V., Gregoriadis, A. & Zachopoulou, E. (2012). ‘Chapter 5. Improving Children's Attitudes and Awareness Toward a Healthy Lifestyle in Early Childhood: A Five-European Country Intervention Program", John A. Sutterby, in (ed.) Early Education in a Global Context (Advances in Early Education And Day Care, Volume 16), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 109 - 126

  • Zachopoulou E., Liukkonen J., Pickup I. & Tsagaridou N. (2010) (Eds), “Early Steps Physical Education Cirruculum: Theory and Practice for Children under 8”. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

  • Ζαχοπούλου, Ε. & Τρεύλας, Ε. (2007). Η Φυσική Αγωγή στην αρχή του 21ου αιώνα: Προσχολική ηλικία. Θεσ/νίκη: Εκδόσεις Χριστοδουλίδη.

  • Zachopoulou E., Tsagaridou N., Pickup I., Liukkonen J. & Grammatikopoulos, V. (2007) (Eds), “Early Steps: Promoting healthy lifestyle and social interaction through physical education activities during preschool years”. Thessaloniki: Xristodoulidi Publications.


Research & Development Projects

Research Projects

  • Title: "Educators’ Self-Evaluation (EduSE): An innovative approach to educator evaluation using the Discrete Choice Modelling"

Source of funding:Special Accoun for Research - University of Crete

Participation as: Member of the main research team

Time period: 28/2/2014 till 27/2/2016

Description: This project (EduSE-Educators' Self-Evaluation) aspires to provide to the educational community an innovative way for the self-evaluation of early educators. Advanced and innovative statistical methods will be applied in the educational evaluation domain, in order to develop an educator self-evaluation instrument. The Discrete Choice Modelling (DCM) is the selected method for the development of the instrument. This method, which gave to Dan McFadden, who introduced it, a Nobel prize in 2000 in Economic sciences, is widely used in marketing, finance, biostatistics and other scientific areas, while its use in education is still very sparse. With the implementation of the DCM method in early childhood education (ECE), the EduSE project will develop an online self-evaluation instrument to support early educators evaluate their teaching competencies. Researchers with high expertise in the domains of statistics, research methods, evaluation, ECE and physical education will cooperate throughout the project’s lifecycle. When the development of a valid and reliable instrument is completed, the self-evaluation instrument will be disseminated to the national and international educational community.

  • Title: «THALES: Enhancement of the Interdisciplinary Research and Innovation with the potentiality to invite high profile researchers from abroad through the conduct of basic and applied research excellence». Title of the Sub-program : ‘Evaluation of the quality of early cyildhood education: Adaptation of ECERS-R and ECERS-E scales in the greek educational setting’

Source of funding : Operational Programme «Education and Lifelong Learning» and co-financed from the European Union (European Social Fund) and from national sources.

Participation as: Scientific Coordinator

Time period: 02/01/2012 έως 30/09/2015

Website: http://earlyquality/teithe.gr

Description: This proposal attempts to address the absence of evaluation in early childhood education concerning: a) the quality of early childhood education in Greece, and b) the lack of reliable and valid evaluation instruments in Greece. Themainaim of the project is to evaluate early childhood education in Greece, through the adaptation and use of evaluation tools in preschool educational settings. For the proposed project, the evaluation scales ECERS-R (Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised· Harms et al., 2003) and ECERS-E (Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Extension· Sylva et al., 2010) will be used.  These instruments are widely accepted evaluation tools, and they are implemented in the USA and in most European countries. This proposal includes the following phases: 1) adaptation of the instruments and their training manuals, 2) assessors' training, 3) conducting the pilot study, 4) conducting the main study, and 5) dissemination of the results. Scientists from 5 Universities, with the support of 4 invited researchers of international standing, will be working together for this research. Additionally, 30 early educators will participate in the study as assessors of around 400 randomly selected preschool classes

  • Lifelong Learning Program (LLP), Comenius Multilateral Project (517999-LLP-2011-GR-COMENIUS-CMP). EARLY CHANGE: Promoting the professional development of early childhood educators -LLP-2011-GR-COMENIUS-CMP

Source funding: European Union, Lifelong Learning Program, Comenius Multilateral Projects
Time period: 01/12/2011 έως 31/05/2014
Participations as: Scientific Coordinator
Website: http://earlychange.teithe.gr
Description:This project has three basic aims: (i) the enhancement of the professional development of early educators, and (ii) the evaluation of the early childhood education environments of these countries. Early educators from the participating countries will acquire skills that enhance their professional identity (certified assessors), and their self-assessment skills. The duration of the project will be 30 months. The innovative character of this proposal is supported by the deliverables of the project. Firstly, the training tools translated in five (5) different languages, can function as an aid for all early educators who want to self-assess their work and their preschool unit (day-care centre or kindergarten classes). Secondly, an interactive e-book containing the empirical data from the evaluation of all 6 early childhood educational systems and a wide range of “good practices” for caregivers and teachers constitute innovative actions towards the improvement of early childhood education across Europe. The partners of this project will be Universities from 6 countries (total number of nine), and organizations (total number of ten), like educational districts and municipalities, from which the participating academic staff will choose the future early educators-assessors.  

 

  • Title: ‘Transnational Co-operation Project Comenius 2.1 - ‘Early Steps: Promoting healthy lifestyle and social interaction through physical education activities during preschool years'

Source of funding: European Union, Socrates Program
Time period: 1/10/2004 to 30/9/2007
Participation as: Scientific Coordinator
Website: http://earlysteps.teithe.gr
Description: In 'Early Steps' project, the participants was a total of 14 educational insitutes (european higher education institutes & preschool centers) from 5 countries (Greece, United Kingdom, Finland, Cyprus and Italy). Furthermore, around 500 children participated, 4 - 5 years of age. The first phase of the project included the design and the writing of an innovative physical education program for preschool aged children (ESPEC - EarlyStepsPhysicalEducationCurriculum), which had two main objectives: 1) the acqusition of healthy habits (24 lessons) and 2) the improvement of children's social interaction (24 lessons). The second phase for 'Early Steps' included the organization of In Service Training Seminars for early educators, with lectures, workshops and group discussions. The third phase comprised the ESPEC implementation. The overall evaluation procedure had three levels. A book in english language has published, which contained the whole ESPEC.

  •  Title: ‘ARCHIMIDES: Supporting Research Teams in TEI - ‘Intervention program for creative learning and acquisition of healthy habits during preschool years'

Source funding: ΕΠΕΑΕΚ ΙΙ
Time period: 15/1/2004 to 15/7/2005
Coordinator: Laloumi - Vidali Evangelia, Professor
Participation as: Member of the main research team
Description:   This project included the planning and the implementation of an intervention physical education program, aiming to enhance and broaden the way of thinking and the creativity of preschool aged children through movement activities and games. The second aim of this intervention program was to make children familiar with the healthy habits.  

 

  • Title: ‘KALLIPATEIRA: Designing and implementing training programs for physical educators – Olympic Education – Developing program of studies, training & educational materials and Action Plan for School Pilot Programs’

Source of funding: ΕΠΕΑΕΚ ΙΙ (code 3014.01)
Time period: 10/11/2006 to 28/2/2007
Coordinator: Theodorakis Ioannis, Professor, University of Thessaly
Participation as: Organizing the training of physical educators
Website: http://kallipateira.sch.gr
Description: The project ‘KALLIPATEIRA’ was developed through the aspect of the olympic ideals, emphasizes the growth of ideals of equality in the school community, through the active participation of pupils and teachers in programs which promote the following topics: 1) Human right, children's rights, 2) Multiculturalism, 3)  Confronting racism and xenophobia, 4) Gender equality in education and society, and 5) Social inequality and social exlusion.
 

  •  Title:National Center for Early Development and Learning

Source of funding: Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.
Participation as: Visiting Professor
Time period: 03/2003 to 09/2003
 

  • Title: Evaluation of a Preschool Intervention to Support Children’s Early Development and Learning

Source of funding: Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.
Participation as: Visiting Professor
Time period: 03/2003 to 09/2003

 


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