Dr Eugenia Arvanitis

Position

Associate

School /
Work Unit

Global Studies, Social Science &Planning

Contact Details

+61 3 9662 3307

eugenia.arvanitis@rmit.edu.au

Location

168 Lonsdale Street

City campus

College/Portfolio

Design & Social Context

"eugenia arvanitis"

Qualifications

1992 - B.Ed (University of Ioannina, Greece),

1992 - Grad. Thesis (University of Ioannina, Greece),

2001 - PhD (RMIT University),

2002 - NAATI Accredited Translator (NAATI),

2004 - Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, (RMIT University),

Teaching/Work responsibilities

Dr Arvanitis has worked at RMIT University since 1997 in fulfilling various teaching and research roles. She worked closely with the RMIT Greek Centre and developed Professional Development Seminars for ethnic school teachers. Since 2002 she co-ordinates the Greek Language and Cultural Program within the School International and Community Studies. The Program follows the BA (International Studies) principles which are built around three major pillars, namely a) the global-local interconnectedness, b) the cultural, linguistic and religious diversity and c) the international and cross-cultural professional practice.

She is also involved in research projects and the supervision of research students as well as making frequent appearances in the radio and Greek media. For some years, she was assistant cross-cultural communication awareness trainer for the C.N. Language Services.

Since July 2001 Dr Arvanitis manages the Australian-Greek Resource and Learning Centre ( http://www.rmit.edu.au/greekcentre).

Her role involves:

Management of the Australian-Greek Resource and Learning Centre:

    • Research Projects management
    • Archival resource management
    • Design and Delivery of Bilingual Educational Programs
    • Course Development in Greek Language and Cultural Studies and in the BA international studies (European Culture and Business Development)
    • Project Management and Delivery
    • Workplace training and assessment (Teachers and Students)
    • Volunteer Supervision

Program Co-ordinator Greek Language and Cultural Studies.

Higher Education Teaching:

a) Greek Language and Cultural Identity,

b) Sociocultural History of the Greek Education in Australia (Theory and Practice,

c) Modern Greek History and the Development of the Greek Diaspora and

d) Greek language teaching

Co-ordination of Local and International Internships

Peer Review of research articles

Post-Graduate Supervision (Masters and Ph.D.)

Current 2nd supervisor:

Mr. Kostas Tripolitakis (Ph.D.) - A metaevaluation of policy development, policy implementation and program evaluation in language education of Victoria and Greece

Mrs Chrisanthi Baltatgis (Ph.D.) - The Dilemmas of religious education in a globalizing diaspora: Case study of faith education in Orthodox colleges in Australia

Mrs Andrea Garivaldis (Master) - Transition: a study of the movement of immigrant and international students from an English language centre to their suburban high schools

Mr Konstantinos Nikolopoulos (Master) - The Greek Press in Australia: an Insider’s Perspective

Angeliki Rialas (Master) - The Life and times of Nikos Kavvadias: A multicultural and Global Perspective

2nd supervisor in completed research thesis (2003):

Mr. Panagiotis Baltatgis (Master) - Reinventing traditions and internationalizing culture: the utilization of traditions of Greek Regional Associations in the Teaching of Cultural Programs

Mrs Chrisanthi Baltatgis (Master) - The dilemmas of diasporic education: history and evaluation of the Education Office of the Greek Consulate in Victoria and of its Seconded Teacher Program in comparative perspective

Mr. Con Tripolitakis (Master) - Second language learning and children with special educational needs

Research Interests

In 2001 Eugenia became the first international doctoral exchange student to complete a doctoral thesis at RMIT from the University of Ioannina, Greece. As part of her studies she has been involved in research on Greek ethnic schools in Australia. Her research interests are multicultural educational policy and practice; intercultural and multicultural education; ethnic studies and identification, ethnic community development; community building education, diaspora studies, bilingualism and second language learning; curriculum development, culture and globalization.

EDUCATION

Educational Theory and Policy Development
Curriculum Studies
Professional Development Of Teachers
Other Education with special emphasis in Diaspora networks

LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Language Studies
Cultural Studies
Other Language and Culture (European Culture and Business Development)
Sociology
Cultural Studies
Community Sustainability and Globalisation

Recent Research

  • Design of Professional Development Course for ethnic school teachers funded by the Community Languages Australia and the Victorian Department of education (June-August 2004)
  • Consultation and Translation work for the Development of a Competency Framework for the Greek Adult Education under the supervision of Professor Mary Kalantzis. The program is funded by the Greek Ministry of education and the European Union ( http://www.gsae.edu.au)
  • Consultation and development of the draft policy document titled ‘ The educational Policy of the Greek Community of Melbourne in the 21 st century’. (October 2004)
  • Design, delivery and evaluation of Bilingual Educational Programs for primary and secondary students based on the Victorian CSF (June-September 2004).

Current Research

  • Consultation, Translation and Training work for the Development of a Competency and Assessment Framework for the Greek Adult Education under the supervision of Professor Mary Kalantzis. The program is funded by the Greek Ministry of education and the European Union ( www.gsae.edu.au).
  • Consultation work for a Community Heritage Program “ Bonegilla: The Insiders’ View ” of the RMIT Greek Australian Resource and Learning Centre. This research project uses a rich but relatively untapped archive of primary sources to tell the individual stories of the first 7 Greek workers at the Bonegilla Migrant Reception Centre. This sociohistorical narrative plays an important role in creating a sense of community connecting Greek Australians across the country.
  • Consultation work for a Community Heritage Program “ Greek Media Exhibition ” of the RMIT Greek Australian Resource and Learning Centre. This research project uses a rich but relatively untapped archive of primary sources to tell the story of the Greek Press in Australia. This sociohistorical narrative plays an important role in creating a sense of community connecting Greek Australians across the country.
  • Research Report on The history of Greek-Australian community throughout their own images (working title), EDIAMME, University of Crete (with Professor A.M. Tamis-La Trobe University).
  • Referee Journal: ‘The Afternoon Schools in Australia and the development of a national educational policy in the 21st century’, Flinders University Publications, (July 2005).
  • Referee Journal: ‘Community Building Education in a Globalising Context: The Paradigm of Greek Ethnic Schools in Australia’.
  • Book: ‘Ethnicity and Education in a Globalising context: Greek Ethnic Schools in Australia (working title), EDIAMME, University of Crete Press.

Pu blications/Other

  • Arvanitis, E., 2004, ‘The Australian Educational Policy and Greek Diaspora Language providers, in The History of the Hellenic Diaspora: Research and Teaching, EDIAMME, University of Crete, pp. 188-198.
  • Arvanitis, E., 2004, Greek Ethnic Schools in Australia in the late 1990s: Selected Case studies, e-monograph, RMIT University. ( http://www.rmit.edu.au/greekcentre/publications)
  • Arvanitis, E., 2004, ‘Greek Ethnic Schools in a Globalising Context’, Journal of Modern Greek Studies Australia and New Zealand, Vol. 11-12, pp.241-257.
  • Arvanitis, E., 2001, ‘Professional Development of Seconded Greek Teachers to Australia: A Theoretical Framework’, in Hellenic Studies in the Antipodes at the dawn of the 21st Century, World Council of Hellenes Abroad - SAE Oceania, (eds), Sydney, Australia, pp. 127-133.
  • Arvanitis, E., 1999, ‘Greek Community Schools in Victoria’, in Greek Education Abroad, Damanakis, M. and Michelakis, Th. (eds), Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs & Laboratory of Intercultural and Migration Studies (EDIAMME), Greece, pp. 116-132. (In Greek).
  • Arvanitis, E., 1999, ‘Exploring Identity in the Greek-Australian Context’, in Forrest, D., Schafer, A., and Mathews, J. (eds), Celebrating the Diversity of Researching Learning, Service, Culture and Communication, Faculty of Education, Language and Community Services, RMIT University, pp. 8-15.
  • Arvanitis, E., 1999, 1996 Cypriots in Australia: A Community Profile. A Report to the Presidential Commissioner for Cypriots Abroad. (with A.M. Sophocleous, Peppas, N. and Kousourakis, K.)
  • Arvanitis, E., 1999, External Evaluation for Lalor North Primary School: Preliminary Report. A report for the Victorian Department of Education. (with A.M. Sophocleous, Papadimas-Sophocleous, S. and Kousourakis, K.)

Conference Papers

2005

Adult Education- Global Trends and Challenges ”. Paper delivered at the Professional Development Seminar for Adult Education Trainers and KEE Staff Κατάρτισης under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Ault Education & IDEKE, 22 January 2005, Athens, Greece.

Assessing and Validating Prior Learning for Greek Adult Education Centres ”. Paper delivered at the Professional Development Seminar for Adult Education Trainers and KEE Staff Κατάρτισης under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Ault Education & IDEKE, 23 January 2005, Athens, Greece.

2004

‘Communities and Ethnic Schools – let’s get activated’, Workshop delivered at the Victorian State Conference of Ethnic Schools ‘Languages and Culture strengthening Australia’ held at Storey Hall RMIT University, 3 July, Melbourne.

“Community Aspirations towards Greek language Schooling: Future Challenges and Directions”, Paper delivered at the international conference ‘Greek-Australians in the 21 st century’, Storey Hall, RMIT University, 2-4 April, Melbourne. (http://www.agc.org.au)

2003

“Η Αυστραλιανή Εκπαιδευτική Πολιτική και οι Μορφές Εκπαιδευτικής Αυτο-οργάνωσης της Ελληνικής Παροικίας: Το Παράδειγμα των Εθνικών Σχολείων”, paper delivered at the international conference the History of the Modern Greek Diaspora : Research and Teaching, University of Crete (EDIAMME), 4-6 July 2003, Greece.

“Hellenic Traditions and the Greek Diaspora: Developing an innovative Learning Tour”, workshop co-presented in association with Julian Silverman at the Humanities international conference, University of Rhodes, 2-5 July 2003, Greece.

“Community Building Education in a Globalising Context: The Paradigm of Greek Ethnic Schools in Australia”, paper presented at the Humanities international conference, University of Rhodes, 2-5 July 2003, Greece.

“Ethnic Schools: a ‘wicked problem’ for the Australian Education Policies”, paper delivered at the 5 th Biennial Greek Studies Conference, Flinders University, 11-13 April 2003, Adelaide.

2002

“Ethnic School policy in the context of Australian Educational Policies”, paper delivered at the National Languages Conference: Languages for Life, Victorian Department of Education and Training, 28 October 2002, Melbourne.

“Ελληνόγλωσση Εκπαίδευση στην Αυστραλία: Θεωρητικό Πλαίσιο Αναφοράς”, paper delivered at the SAE Oceania Conference, 29 September 2002, Melbourne

“Greek Ethnic Schools in a Globalising Context”, paper Delivered at the Modern Greek Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand (MGSAANZ) - 6 th Biennial Conference “Greeks in the Modern World”, organised by the Greek Studies Program (School of Historical and European Studies), La Trobe University, 2-4 August 2002, Melbourne.

“The Greek-Australian Identity Formation and Maintenance”, paper delivered at the Seminar “The Culture and Politics of the Diaspora”, Victorian Department of Education in association with the Consulate General of Greece in Melbourne Education Office, 8 th March 2000, Melbourne.

2001

“Greek Ethnic Schools in Transition” , paper delivered at the Greek Community Centre, 5 th April 2001, Melbourne.

2000

“Case Study: Greek Ethnic Schools in Transition: An Interpretation on Effects of Ethnic schools in General”, Key Note Address delivered at the 2000 State Ethnic Schools Conference, “Future Directions and Expectations of ethnic Schools”, Carlton Crest Hotel, 23 rd September 2000, Melbourne.

1999

“Professional development of seconded Greek teachers to Australia: A theoretical framework”, paper delivered at the conference ‘Hellenic Studies in the Antipodes’, World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE Oceania), held at Sydney University, 5 th –7 th November 1999, Sydney.

“A professional development course for seconded Greek teachers to Australia” , paper delivered at the State Seminar for the teaching of the Greek language in the ‘Greeks Abroad International Project’, Consulate General of Greece, 20 th and 21 st August 1999, Melbourne.

1998

“Greek Afternoon Schools in Victoria: Future Perspective”, paper delivered at the Pan-Hellenic International Conference 26 th -28 th June 1998, Crete University, Greece.

“Exploring Identity in the Greek-Australian Context”, paper delivered at the Postgraduate Students’ Conference, Faculty of Education, Language and Community Services, on 26 th -28 th November 1998, held at RMIT University, Melbourne.

“The Greek-Australian Identity: The Role of Greek part-time ethnic schools”, paper delivered at the International Conference “The Culture and Politics of the Diaspora”, University of NSW, 23 rd -27 th February 1998, Sydney.

1997

“Greek Youth Identification”, paper delivered at the Second International Greek Youth Congress, 18 th -20 th July 1997, Melbourne.

“Greek part-time ethnic schools in Victoria: Future perspective”, paper delivered at the conference of the Modern Greek Teacher’s Association of Victoria (MGTAV), 26 th -27 th September 1997, Melbourne.

Exhibitions

Eugenia has curatted several exhibitions and educational programs such as:


For more information please visit: http://www.rmit.edu.au/greekcentre

Major Original/Creative Work (other than publications)

Since 2001 Eugenia has organised several research workshops and seminars. For more information visit http://www.rmit.edu.au/greekcentre/research

More recently she has been involved in:

  • Translation and pilot testing of research questionnaires for the Cancer Council Victoria (June-September 2004).
  • Consultation in developing a student art exchange program between Melbourne and Thessaloniki schools in association with the International Relations officer at the Melbourne City Council, Ms Trudy McPhee (June-October 2004).