Collective residencies / PEDAGOGICAL INNOVATION II / Olot


From Thursday, 28 February 2019 to Monday, 18 March 2019

PhD Researcher in Educational Policy and Political Sociology


Tania Kolympari is a PhD Researcher at the University of Ioannina with a scholarship from the State Scholarships Foundation. She holds a MEd in Educational Assessment from the University of Athens and MSc in Education and Disability from the University of Rome. She also has a BA in Early Childhood Education from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a BA in Primary Education from University of Athens.

She is a foundation member of the Hellenic Association for Educational Assessment and she has been working as a teacher. She has published her work at peer-reviewed international and Greek scientific journals and she has participated in numerous conferences and seminars in Greece with oral presentations.

Her research focuses on policy analysis, politics and policy-making in education, interest groups, political sociology and educational assessment. For her master in Educational Assessment and BA in Early Childhood Education, she received a scholarship from the State Scholarships Foundation and an Award for excellence.


The project to be carried out at Faber consists of the completion of the research and the development of a new social theory about how interest groups influence education policy. It is a systematic qualitative analysis of the data that will enable me to develop a new theory which explain the way in which interest groups, such as educational unions, have influenced the formulation of educational policy on the issue of educational evaluation in Greece.

Faber is a place made me feel tranquil, creative and productive. It is a place that made it easy to coax the words from my fingers

I came to Faber to develop my project writing up a chapter. The central focus was on how interest groups, such as teacher unions, have influenced the formulation of educational policy on the issue of educational evaluation in Greece. Educational evacuation reform is one of the most intractable and bitterly contested issues on the political agenda, particularly in Greece where since 1982 no teacher evaluation system has actually been implemented in state schools. My work tries to explain the tale of just such a failure.

Arriving to Faber, I was delighted. The surrounding breathtaking nature with sunny mountains of Olot, the supportive atmosphere and especially the friendly staff made it very easy for me to concentrate on my work. Faber offered the perfect setting where I could work undisturbed and in comfort at my own rhythm. The hotel has all the needed facilities for a supportive working place. Taking a simply walk after several hours of writing gave me a lot of positive energy to continue my work. Visiting medieval cities to surrounding’s areas was one of the most valuable experience in my life. The opportunity to interact with other people and discuss my project was another active element. I enjoyed sharing my ideas with residents from different fields of interest. Thanks to Faber’s staff, Francesc, Gavina and Pau, who were always extremely helpful I had been more productive that I have ever been in such a short period of time. Not only I completed the chapter but also I revised two others.

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