Krystallia Kyritsi (PhD Graduate 2018)

Thesis title: Creativity in primary schools: Exploring perspectives on creativity within a Scottish primary school classroom


My PhD is exploring perspectives on creativity within Scottish primary education and I am particularly interested on how children perceive, experience and embody creativity in schools. I chose to do a PhD as a continuation of my MSc research, which focussed on ‘Creativity, Creative Teaching and Creative Writing in Primary Education’. For my UG dissertation I was involved in a short project on Interdisciplinarity in Primary Education.

Before starting my PhD I was a primary school teacher for two years in a primary school in Athens, Greece. Throughout my doctoral studies, I have done voluntary work with the Children’s Parliament in Edinburgh, organising and facilitating the ‘Safety in the House’ project in various Scottish primary schools. I am also a facilitator of the ‘Greek after school club’ at James Gillespie’s Primary School in Edinburgh.


  • MSc in Applied Pedagogy (Excellent), 2013, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

  • BA in Primary Education (Excellent), 2011, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Co- organiser of the Childhood and Youth Studies Network at the University of Edinburgh (Our website & jiscmail)

  • General Teaching Council of Scotland (Full Registration)

  • Member of the PhD Representative Committee (2014-2016)

Undergraduate teaching

Analysing your data, Childhood Studies Research Project (BA Childhood Practice), Moray House School of Education, 22 November 2016 (Guest Lecturer)

Postgraduate teaching

'Learning, Learners and Teaching', Moray House School of Education, 2015 (Tutor)

Research summary

My main interests are in:

  • Creativity
  • Power and childhood
  • Intersectionality, diversity and equity
  • Methodologies of research with children and young people
  • Ethical issues arising in research with children and young people

Project activity

  • Telling the Story of Your Research, Workshop Co-organiser (with Carla Cebula, Tanya Lubicz-Nawrocka and Rebekah Tauritz), June 2016

    (£873,80) Funded by EUSA School’s Fund, EUSA Global Fund, and the Graduate School of Moray House School of Education

    Through a 1.5 day storytelling workshop, PhD students at Moray House Graduate School of Education and Sport (MH) learned how storytelling can be used in a research context. Most PhD work focuses on written communication, but this interactive workshop aimed to help students to reflect on and orally communicate the knowledge and experiences gathered during their PhD journey, and the story they can tell about their research process and findings. Students were encouraged to think deeply about what they communicate and how they can tell their story to communicate the value of their work and engage others in a non-traditional manner.

  • Being a member of Higher Education Academy/Moray House Internationalisation Steering Committee, I was involved in planning, organising and coordinating the first international Quiz Event at Moray House School of Education.

Krystallia Kyritsi, Do standardised and outcome-based approaches affect children's creativity? Exploring possible answers in the context of the Curriculum for Excellence, Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA) Conference: Challenging? Attainment and Improvement. University of Dundee, Dundee, 24 November 2016


Krystallia Kyritsi, Using an ethnographic approach to explore children's perspectives on creativity: methodological choices and practices that encourage children's active involvement in the data generation process, The Oxford Ethnography Conference (OEC). New College, Oxford, 19 September 2016


Krystallia Kyritsi, Creativity within Scottish primary education: the influences of teachers' leadership on children's creativity, European Conference on Education Research (ECER): Leading Education: The Distinct Contributions of Educational Research and Researchers. University College Dublin, Dublin, 22 August 2016 [I was awarded a €500 Conference Bursary by EERA]


Co-organiser of symposium and presenter: Challenging participation-methods and methodology, CRFR International Conference: Unequal Families and Relationships. John McIntyre Conference centre, Edinburgh, 14 June 2016


Krystallia Kyritsi, Creating methodological choices that are meaningful for children and actively involve them in the data generation process, BSA Early Career Forum: What next for childhood studies? Pushing boundaries, University of Edinburgh, 15th April 2016


Krystallia Kyritsi, The importance of inclusive and flexible environments to the stimulation and support of children's creativity, Interweaving: a tapestry of educational and multidisciplinary research in an international context, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, 2nd September 2015


Krystallia Kyritsi, Using a multimodal methodology for actively involving children with data generation within an ethnographic research, Kaleidoscope Graduate Student Research Conference 2015, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, 28 & 29 May 2015


Krystallia Kyritsi, Imaginary spaces, fantasy realms: creative responses to literature by making a community of young writers in our classroom, International Annual Conference The Child and the Book 2014 \Time, Space and Memory in Literature for Children and Young Adults", National and Kapodistrian University, Athens, 10-12 April 2014