Current Needs of Preschool Teachers for Professional Development in Greece

A Focus Group Study


  • Anastasia Vatou International Hellenic University, GR
  • Katerina Krousorati
  • Vasilios Oikonomides University of Crete: Rethymnon, GR
  • George Manolitsis University of Crete: Rethymnon, GR
  • Maria Kypriotaki University of Crete: Rethymnon, GR
  • Maria Evangelou-Tsitiridou International Hellenic University, GR
  • Vasilis Grammatikopoulos International Hellenic University, GR



Professional development, Quality of education, Preschool teachers’ needs, Early childhood education and care


This paper presents a brief overview of the literature regarding preschool teachers’ careers and professional development. The main purpose of the part of the study presented here was to conduct a needs-assessment exercise to identify the specific needs for professional development of early childhood teachers’ in Greece. Data were collected through a focus group. Results highlighted the challenges of moving forward in a teaching career and the need for increasing professional development opportunities that match teachers’ needs and interests. Professionals indicated that the absence of teacher-parents’ collaboration and structured practices for dealing with children’s discipline issues are their basic concerns. Implications of the study’s results are also discussed

This project has been funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. Project Number: 626146-EPP-1-2020-2-EL-EPPKA3-PI-POLICY


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Vatou, A., Krousorati, K., Oikonomides, V., Manolitsis, G., Kypriotaki, M., Evangelou-Tsitiridou, M., & Grammatikopoulos, V. (2023). Current Needs of Preschool Teachers for Professional Development in Greece: A Focus Group Study. Saber E Educar, 30(1).