Dr Maria Tsapali

CPsychol, BA, MA, MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Cantab)

  • 35 Berkeley Square

  • 35 Berkeley Square, School of Education

    BS8 1JA Bristol

    United Kingdom

Personal profile

Research interests

Maria’s research interests include designing learning environments to promote conceptual and procedural understanding of science concepts, phenomena and skills and utilising cognitive science and neuroscience to improve educational practice, especially in the primary school years. 

Maria has completed her doctoral studies in Psychology and Education at the Faculty of Education University of Cambridge exploring the effects of different learning environments on primary school children's decision-making skills in socio-scientific issues. She has previously pursued an MPhil in Educational Research (Cantab) and an MA in Science Education (University of Athens) and is particularly interested in utilising cognitive psychology findings and methods to improve science education. She is a primary school teacher by training and her research has a strong focus on teaching practice with a keen interest in conducting classroom-based experiments. Maria is an open science advocate and strives to incorporate its principles and practices in her research. 

Maria is acting as a journal reviewer for Learning and InstructionCognitive ScienceChemistry Education Research and Practice and the Journal of the Chartered College of Teaching.  

External positions

Visiting academic fellow, University of Cambridge

Dec 2021 → …

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • SoE Centre for Psychological Approaches for Studying Education
  • cognitive psychology
  • learning sciences
  • neuroscience and education
  • Applications of cognitive science/neuroscience to improved educational practice
  • Scientific reasoning
  • Executive functions
  • SoE Centre for Teaching Learning and Curriculum
  • learning environments
  • science education
  • Instructional design
  • Learner-led pedagogies
  • Conceptual understanding of science concepts/phenomena
  • Classroom-based experiments
  • SoE Educational Futures Network


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