Maria Evagorou is an Associate Professor at the Department of Education, University of Nicosia, Cyprus. Her scholarly activity focuses on exploring and enhancing young students’ and pre-service teachers’ argumentation skills within socioscientific issues (SSI). More specifically, the emphasis of her work is on students’ and teachers’ talk when they engage in the discussion of SSI and aims to explore ways in which teachers can be supported in their effort to include SSI in their teaching. Through the engagement with SSI Maria aims to promote responsible citizenship. Maria has worked as a principal investigator and senior researcher on various EU and local projects, served as a member on the JRST editorial board, and as a strand coordinator for ESERA. She has published widely in international referred journals, and recently co-edited a book titled Science Teacher Education for Responsible Citizenship: Towards a pedagogy of relevance through socioscientific issues.

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