Antonia Zachariou

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Antonia Zachariou is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, in the School of Education. She teaches on the BA and MA Early Childhood Studies programmes and supervises PhD students.

She has previously held a Research Associate post at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, working on the Play, Learning and Narrative Skills (PLaNS) project, with Dr. David Whitebread being the Principal Investigator. She has also been employed as a researcher in a multitude of projects including the Learning in small-group contexts project (funded by the British Academy), led by Prof. Christine Howe and the Family Thinking Skills international project (funded by ESRC) and led by Dr. Michelle Ellefson and Prof. Claire Hughes.

Antonia also has experience of working as a supervisor for the University of Cambridge, on the Psychology and Education course, collaborating with colleges such as Homerton, St Johns, and Emmanuel where she taught Psychology and Education to first and second year undergraduates. She has also worked on the MPhil module on Quantitative and Data Analysis, at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

Antonia initially studied for a BA (Honours) in Education-Primary School Education. She went on to complete an MPhil in Education (Psychology and Education) at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. Antonia has also completed her PhD, exploring the relationship between children's musical play and self-regulation, investigating whether musical play could be associated with children's self-regulation.


PhD in Education (Psychology and Education), University of Cambridge, UK

MPhil in Education (Psychology and Education), University of Cambridge, UK

BA in Education - Primary School Education, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Research interests

Antonia's research interests lie in the area of studying young children's learning and emotional, social and cognitive development, while she is also interested in studying the role of the arts, particularly music, in fostering children's development. Antonia also researches on the link between play and learning.

Studying self-regulation and metacognition and the significance of play for their development is her current main research interest. This was the area she investigated for her PhD, looking at the associations between musical play and young children's self-regulation.

Research projects

Developing, Implementing and Investigating the effects of a musical play intervention on young children's self-regulation. Funded by the Southlands Methodist Trust.

The role of autonomy support from teachers and young children's self-regulation in music education. Project funded by the Anrold Bentley New Initiatives Fund, Society for Education, Music, and Psychology Research.

Developing close, thoughtufl attention to children and families in early years pedagogy: Evaluating the impact of Work Discussion Groups as a model of Professional Support and Reflection.Research team members: Peter Elfer, Sue Greenfield, Sue Robson, Antonia Zachariou, Dilys Wilson. Funded by the Froebel Trust.

Musical play and self-regulation: An exploration of 6- and 8-year-old children's self-regulatory behaviours during musical play sessions at Cypriot primary schools (PhD)

Musical play and self-regulation: A study for opportunities for self-regulation afforded by musical play among 6-year-olds in a Cypriot elementary classroom (MPhil)

Professional affiliations

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

European Association of Developmental Psychology, Member

Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE), Member

EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction), Member

EARLI Metacognition SIG (Special Interest Group), Member

ESCOM (European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music), Member

JURE (Junior Researchers of EARLI), Member


Lecturer on the BA Early Childhood Studies programme

Lecturer on the BA Education programme

Lecturer on the MA Early Childhood Studies programme

Supervision of PhD students

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