Dr Ruth Falzon

Dr Ruth Falzon

Dr Ruth Falzon

 B.Ed.(Hons),M.A.,Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

65 Room 101
Triq l-Esperanto
University of Malta
Msida
  +356 2340 3516
I am an active contributor to the Faculty for Social Wellbeing and also collaborate with the Faculty of Education. My areas of interest and expertise include learning, Learning Disabilities, Personal and Social Development, Emotional Intelligence/Literacy and Counselling Research. My published research includes studies relevant to my areas of teaching and expertise. I have published and continue to publish research papers in several national and international journals and edited books. I have presented many of my studies at numerous prominent national and international conferences. I have also been invited to deliver keynote speeches and am a reviewer in a number of international journals, as well as on the editorial board of two journals
My interest in the profession of counselling is due to the non-medical and empowerment model of the profession and my passion for the wellbeing of the individual for effective citizenship and healthy communities and nations.
I take my community engagement seriously and am elected on the Executive Councils of a number of local, European and international professional associations: Board Director and Treasurer of the European Dyslexia Association, Membership Chair of the International Association for Counselling (Treasurer 2010-2016); Executive Council Member (Treasurer 2010- 2018) of the Malta Association for the Counselling Profession; secretary of the Malta Dyslexia Association (MDA); and treasurer to the International Society for Policy Research & Evaluation in School-Based Counselling (ISPRESC). I am also involved in the Maltese Personal and Social Development Association (MPSDA) and am the president of the School Council of my home-community primary school. I am also involved in training for dyslexia and helping skills with several colleges and universities in India.
I believe that, inasmuch as literacy is essential to coping in today’s civilisation, technology has advanced so much that persons for whom literacy is challenging can use technology to access literacy and present work in literate form. I further believe that self-esteem, self-confidence and human relations are crucial to successful education and good Quality of Life. This is why I focus on PSD methodology and research in school counselling. ruth.falzon@um.edu.mt
  • School Counselling
  • Dyslexia, Wellbeing and Auto/Ethnography
  • Learning Disabilities/Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Personal and Social Development/Emotional Literacy/Processing
  • Inclusion and literacy access to learning

FALZON, R., GALEA, C., GALEA, R., GALEA, S. and MUSCAT, M., 2020. Reflecting on Maltese school‐based counselling practices: An autoethnographic collaborative writing project. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 20(1), pp. 81-91.

CAMILLERI, S., CHETCUTI, D. and FALZON, R., 2019. “They Labeled Me Ignorant”: Narratives of Maltese Youth With Dyslexia on National Examinations . SAGE Open, 9(2),.

CHETCUTI, D., FALZON, R. and CAMILLERI, S., 2019. ‘The Pebble in my shoe’: Dyslexic students and their views of examinations. In: C. BEZZINA and S. CARUANA, eds, Teacher Education Matters: Transforming Lives…Transforming Schools. Msida, Malta: University of Malta Press, pp. 433-447.

FALZON, R., 2019. Literacy and Wellbeing. In: S. VELLA, R. FALZON and A. AZZOPARDI, eds, Perspectives on Wellbeing - A Reader. 1 edn. Boston: Brill | Sense, pp. 79-95.

FALZON, R., FRENDO, C. and MUSCAT, M., 2019. Paving the Way for Counselling? The Link between Maltese PSD Model and Counselling. Journal of School-Based Counseling Policy and Evaluation, 1(2), pp. 8-26.

FALZON, R. and MIFSUD, D., 2019. Drama, performance ethnography and Self- esteem listening to Youngsters with dyslexia and their parents. . In: R.S. GRENIER, ed, Qualitative research in practice: Examples for discussion and analysis. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, .

AZZOPARDI, A., BILOCCA, S., FALZON, R., FARRUGIA, V., FORMOSA, M.R., FORMOSA, M., GATT, L., GATT, S., MSALISTER, S. and MIZZI, K., 2017. Empowering dyslexic students through mobility. In: M. DEVLIN, S. KRISTENSEN, E. KRZAKLEWSKA and M. NICO, eds, Learning mobility, social inclusion and non-formal education: Access, processes and outcomes. Strasbourg, France: Joint European Commission and Council of Europe Publication. European Commission and Council of Europe, pp. 123-136.

CAUCHI, M., FALZON, R., MICALLEF, P. and SAMMUT, M., 2017. Policy, research and the development of school counselling in Malta: Lessons learnt in a small-island community. International handbook for policy research on school-based counseling, , pp. 365–381.

CHETCUTI, D., FALZON, R. and CAMILLERI, S., 2016. The Pebble in my Shoe - teenagers; experiences of dyslexia and examinations. 1 edn. Brussels, Belgium: Erasmus+ Programme, European Commission.

BEZZINA, A., FALZON, R. and MUSCAT, M., 2015. Emotional Intelligence and the Maltese Personal and Social Development Model. In: ZYSBERG, L., & RAZ, S., ed, Emotional Intelligence: Current Evidence from Psychophysiological, Educational and Organizational Perspectives. . first edn. Nova Science Publishers, pp. Chapter 10.

BEZZINA, A., FALZON, R. and MUSCAT, M., 2015. Emotional Intelligence and the Maltese Personal and Social Development Model. In: L. ZYSBERG and S. RAZ, eds, Emotional Intelligence: Current Evidence from Psychophysiological, Educational and Organizational PerspectivesC. Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers, pp. Chapter 10.

FALZON, R., & CALLEJA, C., 2015. Structured Multisensory Techniques in Reading and Learning Patterns: Some Considerations in . Horizons-Forum on Learning Publication. In: CALLEJA, C. & JOHNSTON, C., ed,  A Learning Paradigm Informed by Knowledge of the Learning Self: A Compendium of Applied Research on the Let Me Learn Process. first edn. USA: Horizons-Forum on Learning Publication., .

FALZON, R. and CALLEJA, C., 2015. Structured Multisensory Techniques in Reading and Learning Patterns: Some Considerations. . In: C. CALLEJA and C. JOHNSTON, eds, A Learning Paradigm Informed by Knowledge of the Learning Self: A Compendium of Applied Research on the Let Me Learn Process. Horizons-Forum on Learning Publications, pp. 379-398.

ANTONELLI, Â., BILOCCA, Â., BORG, Â., BORG, Â., BOXALL, Â., BRIFFA, Â., DEBONO, Â., FALZON, Â., FARRUGIA, V., GATT, Â., FORMOSA, Â., MIFSUD, Â., MIZZI, Â., SCURFIELD, Â., SCURFIELD, Â. and VELLA, G.L., 2014. Drama, performance ethnography, and self-esteem: Listening to youngsters with dyslexia and their parents  . SAGE Open, 4(2),.

CAMILLERI, S., CARUANA, A., FALZON, R. and MUSCAT, M., 2012. The promotion of emotional literacy through personal and social development: the Maltese experience. . Pastoral Care in Education, 30(1), pp. 19-37.

FALZON, R., 2012. Northumbria University.

FALZON, R., 2012. Early educators' awareness and knowledge of structured multisensory literary instruction. Dissertation/Thesis edn. Northumbria University.

FALZON, R., CALLEJA, C. and MUSCAT, C., (2011). Structured multisensory techniques in reading and learning patterns: Some considerations . Revista de Ciències de l’Educació, XXXVI, 51-71., (XXXVI,), pp. 51--71.

FALZON, R., CALLEJA, C. and MUSCAT, C., 2011. Structured multisensory techniques in reading and learning patterns-some considerations. Universitas Tarraconensis.Revista de Ciències de l’Educació, 1(2), pp. 51-71.

FALZON, R., CALLEJA, C. and MUSCAT, C., 2011. Structured multisensory techniques in reading and learning patterns: Some considerations. Revista de Ciències de l’Educació, XXXVI, pp. 51-71.

FALZON, R., 2010. Teaching Strategies for Children with Dyslexia in the Classroom 
. In: A. AZZOPARDI, ed, Making sense of inclusive education: Where everyone belongs. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Publishing., pp. 95-105.

FALZON, R. and CAMILLERI, S., 2010. Dyslexia and the school counsellor: A Maltese case study. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 10(4), pp. 307-315.

FALZON, R., 2010. Teaching Strategies for Children with Dyslexia in the Classroom. In: A. AZZOPARDI, ed, Making sense of inclusive education: Where everyone belongs. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Publishing, pp. 95-105.

FALZON, R. and CAMILLERI, S., 2010. Dyslexia and the school counsellor: A Maltese case study. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 10(4), pp. 307-315.

FALZON, R. and MUSCAT, M., 2009. Living democracy in the classroom - the Maltese story.  
 . Democracy in education., 2, pp. 57-72.

FALZON, R. and MUSCAT, M., 2009. Living democracy in the classroom - the Maltese story. Democracy in education, 2, pp. 57-72.

FALZON, R. and MUSCAT, M., 2009. Personal and social development in a small island community: Presenting the Maltese democratic model. Journal of the European Teacher Education Network (JETEN), 4, pp. 9-26.

  • COU3903 - Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Literacy
  • COU5303 - Techniques of Personal and Social Development Facilitation
  • COU5305 - Health, Wellbeing and Emotional Literacy
  • IAL3008 - Specific Learning Difficulties
  • INE3622 - Learning Disabilities
  • PSY2606 - Psychology of Learning and Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • PSY5629 - Barriers to Learning Development
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