Professor Sibel Erduran

Sibel Erduran is Professor of Science Education.

Prior to her appointment at Oxford, she was the Chair of STEM Education at University of Limerick, Ireland where she was the Director of EPI-STEM, National Centre for STEM Education. She holds a Distinguished Chair Professor position at National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan funded by the Taiwan Global Networking Talent Project. Previously, she held Visiting Professorships at Kristianstad University, Sweden, and Bogazici University, Turkey. She has also worked at University of Pittsburgh, King’s College, University of London and University of Bristol, United Kingdom. She is an Editor for International Journal of Science Education, Section Editor for Science Education, serves on the Executive Board of European Science Education Research Association. She has worked as a chemistry teacher in a high school in northern Cyprus. She completed her higher education in the USA at Vanderbilt (PhD Science Education & Philosophy), Cornell (MSc Food chemistry) and Northwestern (Biochemistry) Universities. Her research interests focus on the applications in science education of epistemic perspectives on science in general and in chemistry in particular.  Her work on argumentation has received awards from NARST and EASE. She has been the receipient of funding from Fulbright Program, Spencer Foundation, Gatsby Foundation, Nuffield Foundation, TDA, Wellcome Trust, EU Marie Curie Brain Circulation Scheme, Science Foundation Ireland, Irish Research Council, BERA and NCCA among others.

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

  • Nature of science in science education
  • Argumentation in teaching, learning and teacher professional development
  • History and philosophy of science in science education
  • Chemistry education


Sibel Erduran’s research interests focus on the following themes: (a) nature of science in science education, (b) epistemic practices in science with applications in science education, (c)  history and philosophy of science in science education, particularly philosophy of chemistry, (d) argumentation in science teaching, learning and teacher professional development, (e) science curriculum analysis and comparative curriculum analysis, (f) discourse analysis, (g) science studies and scientific practices in science education.


  • Department staff

College affiliation

  • St Cross College


  • Professor of Science Education

Research groups

  • Subject Pedagogy
  • Teacher Education and Professional Learning