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The Learning Conference 2003

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Educational Implementations for the Promotion of a Global Culture in an Inclusive Society

Lefkothea Kartasidou, Anna Sampsonidis.

The main issues to be explored in this presentation will be in reference to the following questions.
What is globalization? What is culture? What is global in culture? What is an inclusive society? How do we integrate the terms globalization and inclusion, which infer to opposite yet complimentary meanings – sameness vs. diversity – and transfer them into the educational system? Can education promote a broader acceptance and implementation of a “global culture” in an inclusive society?
The child may be seen as a designer of his/ her culture and at the same time the children are active transformers of a global culture.
If children must learn to behave with responsibility they must do so within the acceptable norms and values of the society. With this in mind we as educators must accept that society has to follow the internal and external changes that occur and affect it. On the other hand this means that society must have a certain amount of flexibility so that it can deconstruct and reconstruct its structure (Constructivism Theory) and readjust its norms and values. If we each have the tendency to choose values and habits that create our own subjective culture then the school system mechanisms must be the base of support for our choices. This will construct an objective culture that will focus on the main goal of education: LET NO CHILD EVER DOUBT HIMSELF OR HIS MIND BECAUSE WE ARE UNSURE OF OUR COMMITMENT (ALAN MARTIN 1993)


Lefkothea Kartasidou  (Greece)
Preschool Educator & Lecturer in Special Education
Department of Education and Social Policy
University of Macedonia (Thessalonica)

Lefkothea Kartasidou was born in 1971 in Katerini, Pieria. She has a _. _. from the Nursery Educational Department of Aristotle’s University in Thessalonica and a Ph.D. _n Pedagogy at the Special Educational Department of the University of Cologne, Germany. She has worked as a music teacher in conservatorium and Music High School. She is a Preschool Educator and a Lecturer at the University of Thessaly and at the Macedonia University of Thessalonica.

Anna Sampsonidis  (Greece)
Owner/Director of Pediatric Occupational Therapy Clinic

Anna Sampsonidis received her MA in Occupational Therapy from New York University in 1989. She practiced as a pediatric occupational therapist in the United States until 1993 and since lives in Greece where she runs a pediatric Occupational Therapy Clinic. She has special training in Sensory Integration Treatment and Neurodevelopmental Treatment/ BOBATH, and has been teaching assistant for both methods in Greece and in the United States. She is presently enrolled at The Open University in London for an Ed. D. in Child Development.

  • Culture
  • Diversity
  • Education
  • Global
  • Inclusion
  • Integration
  • Learning

(30 min Conference Paper, English)