A) Coordination of EU's initiative INTERREG IIIA/ GREECE-CYPRUS, measure 2.3, titled "The digital world of preschool education. Teachers-preschoolers interaction in Greece and Cyprus". This project is funded by the EU and the Greek Ministry of Education (4/2007 - 8/2008).
Participating departments: Depts of Preschool Education (D.P.E.) of the Universities of Crete, Aegean and Cyprus.
Primary Investigator: Prof. G. Kitsaras, D.P.E, University of Crete. Other investigators: E. Tafa, Professor, G. Manolitsis, Assist. Professor, B. Oikonomides, Assist. Professor, M. Zorbala, Assist. Professor.
Aim: creation of a portal for preschool education, containing educational material, both theoretical and practical, for language, math and the physical sciences. More specifically, D.P.E. will help develop material for the phonological development of kindergarten students.
B) EPEAEK II funded project "Restructuring D.P.E.'s undergraduate curriculum" during the years 2003-2004 and 2004-2005.
Primary Investigator: G. Kitsaras, D.P.E., University of Crete. Other investigators: M. Pourkos, Professor, E. Tafa, Professor, G. Manolitsis, Assist. Professor, S. Chatzistefanidou, Assist. Professor, B. Oikonomides, Assist. Professor.
C) ELKE funded project "Panhellenic standardization of the Behavioral Check List (BCL) in preschool years".
Primary Investigator: G. Manolitsis, Assist. Professor. Other investigators: E. Tafa, Professor and graduate students.
Aim: standardization of BCL list in a Greek sample of 1000 children and the investigation of its psychometric properties. The aim of the BCL is the objective identification of behavioral problems exhibited in the class of children aged 3 to 6.
D) ELKE funded project "Social stigma in obese children: when it starts and how it develops".
Primary Investigator: E. Kornilaki, Assist. Professor. Other investigators: Gregory Chlouverakis, Assoc. Professor, Medical School and graduate students.
Aim: the aim of this cross-sectional study is to examine the social stigma that accompanies obese persons, to explore its origin and development in preschool and school children. The focus is on the investigation of the negative stereotypes that children hold for their obese classmates and their social standing in class.