For many years I worked as a special needs teacher in mainstream settings in Greece and the UK. My first BA in philosophy and pedagogy equipped me with a strong background in philosophy of education and pedagogy. I then decided to pursuit another BA in Special Education due to a strong personal interest and involvement with disability groups and organisations for many years.
In my postgraduate studies I engaged with disablity issues from social and philosophical perspectives and in my PhD research I looked at school leadership practices for inclusion using compexity theory.
Currently, I am participating in a reseach project looking at how ITE prepares student teachers for inclusive practice in Ireland.
My research interests lie on the areas of inclusive education, educational leadership and professional identities. I am particularly interested in the use of narrative methodologies and life history methods.
In 2014, I joined MMU and I am teaching at several programmes.
I am leading SEN teaching for the BA (Hons) Primary Education and I teach on the BA primary, NASENCo and Education Studies programmes.
A. Matziari (2019). A case study of social justice research. In: L. Atkins and V. Duckworth, Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity in Education. Bloomsbury Research Methods for Education. Bloomsbury,
A. Matziari (2008). The education of pupils with visual impairment. In: Karlovasitou, A. (ed.) The training of educators – parents of children with disabilities and parents of pupils with disabilities. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,
A. Matziari (2008). The education of pupils with special learning difficulties. In: Karlovasitou, A. (ed.) The training of educators –parents of children with disabilities and parents of pupils with disabilities. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,
P. Hick, Y. Solomon, J. Mintz, A. Matziari, F. O Murchu, et al. (2017). Initial Teacher Education for Inclusion. Brighton. U.K.,
A. Matziari (2016). Envisioning inclusive schools: the content of an educational vision towards more inclusive forms of education narrated by Greek head-teachers. Dublin, U.K.,
A. Matziari (2014). Implementing inclusive practices in Greek schools: developing narratives by employing the systems theory. Porto, Portugal.,
A. Matziari (2014). Implementing inclusive practices in schools: the route to a personal vision through life histories accounts of school leaders in Greece. London. U.K.,
P. Hick, M. Aikaterini, J. Mintz, F. Ó Murchú, K. Cahill, et al. (2019). Initial Teacher Education for Inclusion: Final Report to the National Council for Special Education. Trim, County Meath, Ireland: National Council for Special Education, National Council for Special Education, Ireland.
P. Hick, Y. Solomon, J. Mintz, A. Matziari, F. Ó Murchú, et al. (2018). Initial Teacher Education for Inclusion Phase 1 and 2 Report: NCSE Research Report No. 26. Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland: NCSE, Ireland, National Council for Special Education, Ireland (NCSE).