Associate Professor of Science Education, University of the Witwatersrand

Samuel Ouma Oyoo is currently an Associate Professor of Science Education at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA. He graduated with a PhD in Education from the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia in 2005 after authoring a PhD thesis entitled ‘Effective Teaching of Science: The Impact of Physics Teachers’ Classroom Language.’ Previously, Samuel graduated with a MEd with Distinction in Science Education from the University of Leeds, England, UK and with an Honours Bachelor of Education Degree in the First Class from The University of Nottingham, England, UK.

Samuel joined the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Education in March 2010 as a Senior Lecturer in Science Education from Kenya's Maseno University, where he taught Educational Technology and Special Methods in Physics at Undergraduate level, and Educational Research Methods and Pedagogy (Physics Education) courses at postgraduate level. He had previously served as an Assistant Professor [Science Education and Educational Research] at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for Educational Development Eastern Africa, located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where his responsibilities included leading and teaching Science Education Courses as well as units in the Introduction to Educational Inquiry and Research Methods Courses in the Master of Education programme.

At Wits School of Education, Samuel teaches physics and physics-related courses to undergraduate and postgraduate student teachers; he has been the convenor of SCED 7011: Language and Communication in Science Education, a course component of the MSc (Science and Mathematics Education) programme.

Samuel’s current research areas cover the general area of Education with a focus on language (discourse and semantics) issues in effective teaching and learning of school science in general but physics in particular. He has supervised and continues to supervise Honours, Masters and PhD research studies in this area of research focus.

Samuel serves as a referee and Associate Editor for a number of academic journals including Research in Science Education (RISE), International Journal of Science Education (IJSE), Journal of Research in Science Teaching [JRST], Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice [TTTP], Education as Change, Africa Education Review, The African Journal for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, and the International Journal of Learning: Annual Review, among others.

He has published extensively in international peer reviewed outlets including in the ISI listed journal, Research in Science Education. Samuel holds two journal awards: International Award for Excellence in the area of Literacy and Education and the Pippa Stein Award for Excellence in Educational Research in Africa.

Samuel has also been the Outreach Coordinator (ExCo member) and National Representative for South Africa for the International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching - ISATT.

Prof Oyoo has recently accepted an invitation to be a member of the Editorial Board of the Australasian Science Education Research Association journal, Research in Science Education [RISE] .


  • 2015–present
    Associate Professor of Science Education, University of the Witwatersrand
  • 2010–2015
    Senior Lecturer in Science Education, University of the Witwatersrand
  • 2008–2010
    Lecturer (Senior), Maseno University, Kenya
  • 2006–2008
    Assistant Professor, Aga Khan University, Tanzania


  • 2005 
    Monash University, Australia, PhD (Education)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Incentive Funding
    Funding Source:
    NRF South Africa

Professional Memberships

  • International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching [ISATT]