Maria Psychogiou has been an educator for 20 years. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Geology and a Master’s in Micropaleontology and is currently a Ph.D. candidate for teaching Geology at the University of Athens, Greece, where she lives with her family. She has worked as a substitute science teacher in Secondary schools teaching science and she has been teaching the course of Didactics to University students of Geology since 2015. In September 2017 she was accepted in the Master of Education in Distance Education Program of Athabasca University.
She has conducted research on active experiential learning, in particular, the use of field trips in the educational procedure, the use of analogies and models in teaching science, the incorporation of mobile learning in teaching Didactics at the University and the use of the digital platform LAMS in teaching geology. Currently, she is working on the development of a project about the use of Virtual and Augmented Reality in educational field trips to sites of geological or/and cultural heritage. She has collaborated with the Multicultural High School of Athens and has applied experiential teaching on migrant and refugee students on several occasions as a visiting teacher. She is also involved in science teachers’ training towards more experiential ways of teaching.
She wholeheartedly supports the belief that no student should be left behind and has applied different teaching approaches regarding science to create and support an inclusive teaching environment.