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Apostolia (Lia) Galani, Assistant Professor of Teaching Geography

                       

Contact Details

email: ligalani[at]primedu.uoa[dot]gr &  lia.galani@gmail.com

Tel.:  +30 210 368 8034

Address:

13Α Νavarinou str.,  4th floor, 10680, Athens, Greece


 Studies

  • Doctoral thesis in Didactics of Geography, Democritus University of Thrace - Greece.
  • Training in Teaching Human Geography for AP, (6 months),  University of Oregon – Eugene, OR
  • Geography degree, Harokopion University - Athens, Department of Geography
  • Training in Maraslios Training College of Primary Education – (2 years) University of Athens
  • Teaching degree, Maraslios Teacher Training College – Athens

Professional career/experience

  • Assistant Professor, PTDE, EKPA (2016-today)
  • University Lecturer, PTDE, EKPA  (2013 - 2016)
  • Elementary school Teacher in Public schools (2010-2012, 2006-2007, 1997-1998)
  • Greek Language Teacher in Oregon, USA (2007-2010)
  • Pedagogical Institute of Greece: Departments of Geography-Biology, Special Education, Art (1998 -2004).
  • Elementary school Teacher in Private schools (1987-1997)

Research interests

  • Augmented reality games in education and in other spaces such as museums, libraries, etc.
  • IT and Teaching geography focusing on open source applications and software
  • Thinking Geographically: Design learning activities
  • Multimodal representation of Geographical concepts
  • Content and structure of the Geography Curriculum
  • Geographical maps and their use in the educational process

Teaching

Undergraduate level

  • Physical Silences III: Geography teaching (2016-today)
  • Themes of Geography: Physical and human geography (2016-today)
  • Use IT to teach geography in the classroom (lab) (2014-today)
  • Our world: Basics of Teaching Astronomy and Earth Science (2010-today)
  • Teaching Geography (2013-2016)
  • Physical Geography (2013-2016)
  • Human Geography (2013-2016)

Postgraduate level

  • Geographical and environmental education (2015-today)
  • Environmental Science and Ecology (2013-2015)
  • MSc and PhD theses supervision

Research programs

Scientific management of the COHERE project (Horizon 2020). Participation in two European, eight Greek funded projects and in two non-funded Greek projects as researcher

Selected research projects:

  • Cohere, Horizon 2020, scientific management (2016-today)
  • Creating young researchers: Museum’s workshops as informal education sources to explore and understand earth science concepts related to geologic time and fossils, PTDE, NKUOA (1.9.2016-1.3.2017)
  • Interactive presentation applications for the Archaeological Society at Athens, with Talent S.A. (2014- 2015)
  • Interactive presentation applications for the Gennadius Library, in collaboration with Talent S.A.- ASCSA (2014- 2015)
  • «Diadrasis» in collaboration with Aristoteleion University, 2014
  • Cultural Navigator of Athens: Developing interactive navigator in smartphones (iOS, Android, Windows) for 250 cultural monuments of Athens, in collaboration with Talent SA and Foundation of the Hellenic World, (2013-2015)
  • Messogios (Mediterranean Sea), in collaboration with Talent and Foundation of the Hellenic World, (2013-2015)
  • Geostreams, Exploiting User Generated Geospatial Content Streams – FP7-SME-2012- 315631 (2013 – 2015)
  • Digital Paleogeography. Development of a spatio-temporal tool for the mapping of archaeological sites and palaeogeography of Greek sites, Harokopion University, in collaboration with Talent and Kastaniotis Editions. Project co-funded by GSRT (2010 – 2013)
  • Reviving the Ancient Agora. Display of the digital artifacts of the museum (Stoa of Attalos), development of the new portal of the Ancient Agora and educational games, in collaboration with American School of Classical Studies at Athens (2012)

Academic activities

  • Member of the scientific committee and referee in the 1st International Conference on New Developments in Science and Technology Education (2014)
  • Member of the scientific committee and referee of school maps, school books and software (1998-2004)
  • Member of the scientific committee to calibrate the school maps (1998-2004)
  • Member of the scientific committee of National Program of studies in the fields of: Geography, Study the environment, Students with difficulties in school classes, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the educational process of teaching (lifelong learning)

 Education

  • Lectures and workshops for Gymnasium and Lyceum school students concerning the Piracy in the Aegean Sea and the Use of satellite images for monitoring changes occurring around the world, Laskarides Foundation (2015-present)
  • Distance education for vulnerable groups (the potential role of lifelong learning), Diadrasis project, Aristotle University, 2014
  • “Secondary teacher training on new Technologies and Geography” NKUOA and ASPAITE, 2011-2012.
  • Secondary and primary teacher training on the new Geography curriculum and school books - More than 50 lectures (2000-2012)  
 Member in scientific committees
  • Eurogeo member since 2014
  • Herodot member since 2010.
  • National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) – USA (since 2009)
  • SYNTHESIS NGO member ( 2010/12)
  • Υouth – Media – Culture – Education (YMCE) NGO member (since 2013)

Evaluator

  • MARCH (MAke science Real in sCHools): Evaluation of good practices for School Science (2016)
  • Textbooks, School maps and educational material for Geography, PI (1998-2004)
  • Curricula, PI (1998-2004)
  • IT software for ODYSSEY and SIRENS projects, PI (1998-2004)

Publications

Co-authored 13 books and school books, 5 curricula, educational material, software and publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings.

Selected publications

Books and Book chapters

  • Galani, A. and Rokka, A. (2016) Teaching Geography using open source applications and software, Gutenberg ISBN:978-960-01-1743-1
  • Galani, L. (2015) Childens Geogrpaphy: A research about Dexameni square in space and time, in the collective honorary volume for the Emeritus Professor A. Katsikis, University of Ioannina, George Nicolaou and Costas Kotsis eds, Pedio, ISBN: 978-960-546-522-3
  • Kiridis, Α. (2014) Identity, Culture and Geographical literacy in Vulnerable groups and lifelong learning, Gutenberg eds.
  • Galani, L. (2014) Children Geographies: A study about Dexameni square in space and time. University of Ioannina, (Honor issue)  
  • Pavlopoulos, K. Kritikos, G. Galani, L. Theodorakopoulou, K. Skentos, Ath. (2014) Paleogeography, Kastaniotis Eds
  • Galani, L. (2009) Geographontas Intl. – “, activities (K12) & teacher book for this educational software according to National Geographical Standards, Talent  S.A.
  • Pavlopoulos, K. Galani A. (2008): Geology-Geography book, (3 books / student book, activities book, teacher book) 1st grade of Junior High School, Metechmio eds.
  • Galani, L. Soulakellis, N. (2008): “Traveling with maps all over Greece and the world“, Activities & Teacher book, Talent S.A.
  • Galani, L. Soulakellis, N., 2008: “GEOGRAFONTAS“, Activities & Teacher book, Talent S.A.
  • Galani, L. Katsaros, G. Katsikis, A. Tsounakos, Th., 2002: Geography, (3 books / student book, activities book, teacher book) 5th grade, Pedagogical Institute of Greece & Greek Ministry Of Education 

 Articles in Journals and proceedings

  • Galani, L. (2016) “Write History”: Children narrate their every day Geography through 3 and 5 min digital stories, Εurogeo Conference 2016, Malaga
  • Fragouli, S. Rokka, A. Galani, A. (2016) The “unknown” Greek paleoenvironment and fossils: Evaluated Geography curriculum proposals for elementary school, Eurogeo Conference 2016, Malaga
  • Papageorgiou, N. Galani, A. Mavrikaki, E. (2016) Junior Primary Greek School Pupils’ Perceptions of the City’s Public Open Spaces and Especially of the Urban Square: a case study, RIGEO Volume 6, Number 1, Spring 2016, ISSN: 2146-0353                                                                                               
  • Galani, Α. Kapsala, N. Mavrikaki, E. (2016) Using Storytelling in teaching Health Geography: The Cholera Outbreak in London and Greece in 1854, AAG Annual Meeting, 27.3.2016-2.4.2016, San Fransisco, USA
  • Galani, L. (2016) Narratives and Digital Storytelling in Geography: An alternative way of curriculum approach, conference volume, Gytheion
  • Galani, A. (2016) The geo-literacy as the basis of the building of cultural identity, European Journal of Geography, Volume 7, number 1:17-23, March
  • Galani, L. (2016) Thematic development and extension of Greek Geography Curriculum via the use of satellite images in the classroom – Conference Volume, ENEFET
  • Galani, L. (2015) Redesign the school yard using Google SketchUp: a pilot project, International Journal of Research in Education Methodology, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 1101-111-, ISSN 2278-7690
  • Galani, A. Rokka, A. (2014) An investigation of hand-drawn representations of rivers by fifth-grade students in Greek elementary schools, ISRN Education, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, article ID 548365, 7 pages
  • L. Galani, G. Kritikos, K. Theodorakopoulou, A. Skentos, K. Pavlopoulos (2013) «GIS as an educational tool: Mapping cultural sites in Greek space-time», Bulletin of the Geological Society of Greece, 13th International Congress, vol. XLVII
  • Galani, L. Rokka, A. Papageorgiou, G. Michas, P., 2011: Drawing representations of rivers by 5th grade students, Geographies, v. 18, p.p. 36-57
  • Tsounakos, Th. Galani, L. Peraki, V. (2010) 7th grader’s difficulties on Reading and understanding maps, Mentoras, vol. 12, pp. 180-208.
  • Galani, L. Tsounakos, Th. Katsikis, A. (2009): Teaching about the climate of Europe- A didactic approach for 8th grade students, Modern Education, December
  • Galani, L. Koutlis, Μ. Mandes, Th. (2009) Doing Geography with the digital Earth, 1st Educational Conference for the IT Use in Education, pp. 412-418, Volos, Greece
  • Galani, L. Rokka, A. (2008) Let’s do riddles for Greece: A didactic approach for 5th grade students, using interactive maps, Modern Education, December