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Ms Ifigeneia Manitsa

Research project: The social inclusion of adolescents with visual impairments

Abstract

I am investigating the impact of social relationships with teachers and peers on the self-concept and academic inclusion of adolescents with visual impairments. The current research is being carried out within the context of two major theoretical approaches: socioecological theory and social cognitive theory.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: The social inclusion of adolescents with visual impairments

Biography

I am a PhD student in the Department of Psychology at Kingston University. My research is about the social inclusion of adolescents with visual impairments. My two supervisors are Dr Fiona Barlow-Brown (Associate Professor in Psychology) and Professor Evanthia Lyons (Head of the School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences).

I have a Degree in Primary Education and a Masters in Special Education. Visual impairment has been my field of expertise for the last six years. I have certified qualifications in Braille and my Master's dissertation was about the academic and social inclusion of students with visual impairment in higher education.

I am currently working as a lab tutor and supervisor in Psychology and Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods.

I am also an Associate Fellow of the Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy).

Areas of research interest

  • Educational Psychology
  • visual impairments
  • social inclusion
  • self-concept
  • academic inclusion
  • Psychology research methods

Qualifications

  • Associate Fellowship of Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy)
  • MSc in Pedagogy with specialization in Special Education, Department of Pedagogy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Degree in Pedagogy from the Pedagogical School of Primary Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Funding or awards received

  • £1,000 grant, Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust (2019)
  • 1st prize for a New Researcher in the 10th Annual Faculty of Business and Social Sciences Conference, Kingston University, London (2019)
  • Came first after written and oral examinations, in the field of Special Education at the MSc of Pedagogy in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Publications

  • Manitsa, I. (2019, April). Social Inclusion. Developing Minds: Exploring Cognitive Diversity. Retrieved from http://bit.do/aprilnewsletter2019

Conference papers

  • Manitsa, I., Barlow-Brown, F. & Lyons, E. (2019).  Self-concept in adolescents with visual impairments. Paper presented at the 10th Annual Faculty of Business and Social Sciences Conference, Kingston University, London.
  • Manitsa, I., (2018).  The importance of social inclusion in general schools to the self-concept of adolescents with visual impairment and their differences with sighted children. Paper presented at Kingston University Postgraduate Research Conference, Kingston, UK.
  • Manitsa, I. (2018). The importance of social relationships with sighted peers to the self-concept of adolescents with visual impairment and the differences between both groups. Oral and poster session presented at "Listen to me" Multi-sensory Impairment Conference, Seashell trust Organisation, Manchester Conference Centre, UK.
  • Manitsa, I. & Doikou, M. (2017). The academic experiences of studies in higher education from the perspective of visual impaired students. Paper presented at the 4th Pan-Hellenic Conference in Special Education with International Participation, "Modern Trends and Proposals in Special Education", The Company of Special Education in Greece, Harokopio University, Greece.
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