National Curriculum Reform and New Elementary School Language Arts Textbooks in Greece: The Characteristics, Innovations and Methodological Directions of the National Curriculum for Language Arts and the Specifications for New Textbooks

By Anna Fterniati and Julia Athena Spinthourakis.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The papers purpose is to present the innovative elements and character of the Greek National Language Arts Curriculum and detail the framework used to develop the new textbooks.

Keywords: Curriculum Reform, Open Versus Closed Curriculum, Innovation, Language Arts, Elementary Education, Cross-Thematic Teaching, Multiculturalism, Self-Evaluation and Reflection, Critical Language Awareness, Textual Competence, Text-types, Project Method

International Journal of Learning, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp.37-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 806.330KB).

Dr. Anna Fterniati

Dr. Anna Fterniati (Bachelor in Letters, D.E.A. in Linguistics, D.E.A. in Educational Psychology, PhD in Language Teaching) has been employed as a teacher in secondary education since 1987, as a researcher at the Hellenic Pedagogical Institute of the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs between 1997-2005 She has recently been elected to the position of Lecturer in the Department of Elementary Education, Division of Pedagogy, of the University of Patras. She has participated in various research projects and has published papers and books in the field of Language Education and specifically in the field of instruction of written discourse production and assessment. She also has experience and publications in curriculum design and development. She has served as a member of the board of designers of the new National Curriculum for Language Arts in the Greek Primary School (2003) and was a member of the board of editors of the new teacher manuals for Language Arts for elementary education (2004). She has also participated, since 1993, in initial and continuing in-service teacher training.

Dr Julia Athena Spinthourakis

Dr. Spinthourakis holds a BA in History/Social Studies and Elementary Education, an MA in Guidance and Counseling and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Multilingual Multicultural Education. She has taught at the elementary, secondary and tertiary level in the United States and Greece. She has worked in Florida State Government in the area of second language education and immigrant/refugee education and affairs. She is a tenured Assistant Professor in the Department of Elementary Education of the University of Patras in Greece. She is also a coordinator of the post graduate Masters degree thematic module 'Course Design and Evaluation' at the Hellenic Open University. She is an elected Executive Committee Member of the EU funded Children's Identity and Citizenship in Europe Thematic Network (CiCe). Her research interests include teacher education, citizenship, L2 teaching methodologies and language and cultural diversity and their role in education and integration.

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