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Transition to adulthood of Roman young people in Navarra


The research team for this project is made up of five professors from the School of Education and Psychology at the University of Navarra: Araceli Arellano, Sarah Carrica, Feli Peralta, Charo Repáraz and María Ángeles Sotés. Furthermore, Professor Nick Hodge, from Sheffield Hallam University is a collaborating researcher. 

Araceli Arellano Torres, PhD in Psychopedagogy (topic: Self-determination of persons with an intellectual disability). She is currently working in the School of Education and Psychology, teaching on the Teacher Training and Education degrees and the University Master's Course on Teaching Training. Her research interests focus on educational inclusion and diversity. She has taken post-doctoral research posts at the Universidad Popular Autónoma de Puebla (Puebla, Mexico) and in the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research, at Warwick University (Coventry, UK). She has also worked in the field of special education and has experience as a volunteer in a variety of areas: leisure activities with adults with an intellectual disability; support and mentoring for families of children with a disability and/or disease and socio-educational support for recently-arrived migrant teenagers.

Sarah Carrica-Ochoa,  Pedagogue, Psycho-pedagogue and International PhD in Education (topic: Education for Human Development). She has professional experience at a centre for children at risk of social exclusion and she is currently a professor at the School of Education and Psychology in the University of Navarra teaching subjects in the social field at degree and Master's level. Her line of research and practice is therefore focussed on how to improve socio-educational care for groups at risk from social exclusion taking an inclusive focus, centred on achieving social justice. In addition, she has taken part in pre and post-doctoral research stays in London, Paraguay and in the near future Colombia. These posts were useful to extend her experience in research on educational inclusion in very different contexts.

María Ángeles Sotés is a member of the Departmental Board for the Department of Learning and Curriculum. Her research experience covers the history and present day of educational systems particularly socio-education action with groups at risk from social exclusion. She specifically researches existing training opportunities within the field of compulsory secondary education and immediately afterwards. In this respect, she has carried out a study on the situation of Moroccan students in Navarra and, working with the Navarra Employment Service, she carried out field research with students-immigrant workers registered at the Navarra Workshop Schools. She has also looked in greater depth at the relationship between social and cultural diversity which affects certain groups with a marked cultural identity (such as the Romany community). She has great command of changes in and the current offer of education-training available as an alternative and a first step towards a future job for many young people who have failed at school or dropped out early.

Charo Repáraz is the director of the Department of Theory and Methods for Education and Psychology Research and her career spans teaching and research relating to new technologies applied to education, civic training, psychological measurement and assessment and many other aspects. Over the last few years, she has worked actively with the Navarra School Council on identifying needs from students and families in the community. This provided clear, direct knowledge on how the Navarra education system works and outlined some improvement priorities.

Feli Peralta López. PhD in Education Sciences. Professor of Evolutionary Psychology and Education in the School of Education and Psychology at the University of Navarra. Director of the Master's Degree in Educational and Psychological Intervention. She has written a large number of publications related to special education needs among children and young people with diverse skills. In addition, she makes extensive contributions to national and international congresses. For the last few years she has been working on a project to train professionals in the Isterria Special Education Centre for the Caja Navarra Foundation, ANFAS and the Navarra Down's Syndrome Association with a view to improving educational and training quality for students and users of these centres and services. She has coordinated a European Union (COMENIUS) funded project in Spain on attention to diversity and she ran a project (PIUNA) as the main researcher in the field of self-determination and intellectual disability. She continues to work in this field, developing intervention proposals for families and for young people at risk of exclusion with a view to giving them greater autonomy and self-regulation, working towards their social inclusion.

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