Dr Lynda Dunlop



I joined the department as a Lecturer in Science Education in September 2013. I have an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, and a PGCE in Secondary Science (Chemistry). I have taught science and philosophy in the UK and internationally. I teach on undergraduate and postgraduate (including PGCE) Education programmes, including modules on Science, Education & Society, and Philosophy, Education and Children. I am currently Deputy Director of Undergraduate Studies.

My research interests relate to the teaching and learning science. From 2008 until 2011, I was a researcher at the University of Ulster where my work focused on public engagement with science and continuing professional development for primary and secondary teachers. I completed a PhD in teaching socio-scientific issues alongside the Forward Thinking (Wellcome Trust) and the Primary Communties of Scientific Enquiry (AZSTT) projects which engaged teachers and young people of primary and secondary school age in discussion about the nature of science, and social and ethical issues associated with advances in science.

I previously taught science in schools in the UK, USA and Mexico (where I was Lead Teacher for science), and was a Gatsby Teaching Fellow from 2003 - 2004. I am a Chartered Science Teacher and a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Association for Science Education, SAPERE and the European Science Education Research Association. I am a member of the University of York Science Education Group (UYSEG) through which I am involved in research and curriculum development in science.



My research interests are in:

  • science education (primary and secondary)
  • teacher education
  • philosophy for children

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Contact details

Department of Education
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: + 44 (0)1904 323442