Dr Eleni Dimitrellou
Lecturer in Education
+44 (0)1392 724733
Baring Court BC110
Baring Court, University of Exeter St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
Office hours: Monday 3-5 pm, during term time; please send an email to arrange a meeting.
Monday 3-5 pm, during term time; please send an email to arrange a meeting.
I am an educator and researcher specialising in inclusion and educational psychology. My research interests reside in the areas of inclusion, wellbeing in schools and relational approaches to education. I am particularly interested in research topics that focus on student sense of school belonging and the role of emotions in the curriculum to cultivate teacher and student socioemotional competencies; and teacher professional development through action research.
In the area of inclusion, my work lies in understanding the processes that contribute to developing an inclusive school ethos and nurturing a strong sense of belonging among students with special educational needs (SEN). In my doctorate, I explored the relationship between the inclusivity of school ethos and its effect on the social relationships and sense of school belonging of students with social, emotional, and mental health difficulties (SEMH) as a SEN category. My findings revealed a strong correlation between students with SEMH sense of school belonging and their perceived relationships with teachers. Interviews with SEMH students revealed that their perceived relationships with teachers are better with those who are approachable and skilled in managing misbehaviour effectively.
This has sparked my interest in research topics that promote teacher and student wellbeing in education through the use of relational approaches. I am particularly interested in research aiming to enhance teacher and student socioemotional (SEL) competencies by explicitly integrating socioemotional-oriented learning into the curriculum. Findings of my most recent pilot work showed that teachers might be more motivated to implement SEL interventions when these are integrated into their subject topic—rather than as add-on interventions not organically linked to the school curriculum.
I am particularly interested in exploring the explicit integration of socioemotional learning in the curriculum through the use of research methodologies that actively involve teachers and students in curriculum development.
- UCL, Institute of Education; Department of Psychology and Human Development; PhD in Educational Psychology and SEN (funded by the Greek State)
- University of Exeter, GSE; Master of Education, SEN
- National and Kapodistrian University of Athens; Ptychion in Philosophy, Pedagogy & Psychology.
I am also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society.
Research group links
I am particularly interested in research collaborations that centre on inclusion, wellbeing in schools, and relational approaches to education. In my research projects, I have employed mixed methods, creative modes of inquiry, and action research to empower teachers and students to actively participate in school change initiatives. I am keen on supervising students in the following areas:
- Socio-emotional Learning Competencies
- Emotions in the Curriculum
- Sense of School Belonging
- School Stressors and Coping Strategies of Young Adolescents
- Behaviour Management Strategies in Schools
- Special Educational Needs and Disability
- Inclusive Education
- Teacher Education and Professional Development
- Action Research-Lesson Study
Publications by category
Publications by year
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External Engagement and Impact
- Editorial Board of Special Educational Needs (specialty section of Frontiers in Education) as a Review Editor.
- Regular Reviewer at the Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies.
I am the programme lead of the SENCO Award Course, and I am teaching in different programmes offered at the School of Education. I am also supervising postgraduate students across the Masters Programmes; Doctor of Education in Psychology (DEd Psych), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programmes.
MA Education Online
EFPM010Z3: Critical International Perspectives on Special and Inclusive Education
EFPM013Z: Introduction to Educational Enquiry
EFPM011Z3: Special Educational Needs: Learning, Teaching and Assessment
MA Special Educational Needs
EFPM270: SEN Teaching and Learning
MSc Psychology (Conversion)
PSYM220: Research Project
ERPM010: Educational Psychology
- EFPM011Z3 - Special Educational Needs: Learning, Teaching and Assessment
- EFPM278 - SEN Organisational Contexts
- EFPM279 - SEN Leading on Teaching and Learning
- EFPM285 - Learning Outcomes Portfolio
Supervision / Group
- Fatimah Mohammed A Algonas
- Bushra Alharbi
- Zahra Alkhamis
- Amal Alkhawfi
- Patty Balliou
- Jean Lang
- Lizzie Lidster
- Karen Mellish
- Helen Stivaros
- Charlotte Strange
- Emir Emre