The massive impacts teachers have on students, learning and in a broad sense, the future of our society have driven Jessica to research pedagogy, theories of learning and teacher professional development.

Her research interests and foci can be described as:

  • Vygotskian and post-Vygotskian concepts in human development
  • Pedagogy; educational assessment
  • Teacher education and professional development
  • Methodological issues in Cultural-historical theory
  • Learning in groups; classroom interaction
  • Conditions of effective teaching
  • Slightly crossing the boundary, Jessica is also keen on bringing the fruits of educational research to medicine, especially in medical education and inter-professional work in health services.


Book chapters
  • Chan, J., & Guilfoyle, L. (2023). Argumentation and religious education. In Debates in Religious Education (pp. 190-198). Taylor & Francis.

  • Edwards, A., Chan, J., & Tan, D. (2019). Motive orientation and the exercise of agency: Responding to recurrent demands in practices. In A. Edwards, M. Fleer, & L. Bøttcher (Eds.), Cultural-historical approaches to studying learning and development. Springer.

  • Journal articles
  • Chan, J., Woore, R., Molway, L., & Mutton, T. (2022). Learning and teaching Chinese as a foreign language: A scoping review. Review of Education, 10(3).

  • Chan, J., & Erduran, S. (2022). The impact of collaboration between science and religious education teachers on their understanding and views of argumentation . Research in Science Education, 53(1), 121-137.

  • Chan, J., Guilfoyle, L., & Fancourt, N. (2020). Argumentation in religious education in England: an analysis of locally agreed syllabuses. British Journal of Religious Education, 43(4), 458-471.

  • Erduran, S., Guilfoyle, L., Park, W., Chan, J., & Fancourt, N. (2019). Argumentation and interdisciplinarity: Reflections from the Oxford Argumentation in Religion and Science Project. Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Science Education Research, 1.

  • Li, K., Kui, C., Lee, E., Ho, C., Sunny Hei, S., Wu, W., Wong, W., Voll, J., Li, G., Liu, T., Yan, B., Chan, J., Tse, G., & Keenan, I. (2017). The role of 3D printing in anatomy education and surgical training: A narrative review. MedEdPublish, 6(2).

  • Lenkeit, J., Chan, J., Hopfenbeck, T., & Baird, J.-A. (2015). A review of the representation of PIRLS related research in scientific journals. Educational Research Review, 16, 102-115.

  • Reports
  • McGrane, J., Chan, J., Boggs, J., & Hopfenbeck, T. (2017). The assessment and moderation of writing with primary-aged students in contexts where English is the primary language of instruction: A systematic review. Oxford University Press.

  • Masterman, L., & Chan, J. (2015). Openness in Teaching and Learning: An Exploration of Principles and Practices at the University of Oxford.