Dr Ann Childs

After obtaining a degree and PhD in chemistry at the University of Birmingham, Ann Childs taught science in secondary schools in the UK and West Africa for eleven years, seven of these as a head of chemistry and head of science.

Since 1995 she has been involved in science teacher education at Oxford University where she is a fellow of Lady Margaret Hall.

Ann would welcome informal contacts from prospective doctoral students interested in the following topics:

  • Explaining science/chemistry in secondary science classrooms – what makes an effective explanation?
  • Interaction between teachers and students in second language classrooms in science where English is the medium of instruction
  • Developing teacher education in science of both pre and in-service science teachers
  • Educating the teacher educators – what is the knowledge base of a teacher educator in mathematics and science?


  • Department staff

College affiliation

  • Lady Margaret Hall


  • Associated Professor of Science Education

Subject area

  • M.Sc. in Professional Development in Education
  • PGCE
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Developing Science Education

Research groups

  • Teacher Education and Professional Learning