Dr Karsten Zegwaard

Cooperative Education Unit Director

Qualifications: BSc, MSc(Tech) (Hons), PhD

Research Interests

I hold a PhD in Science and have since progressed my research into work-integrated learning/cooperative education in the context of science and engineering.  My research has primarily focused on key competencies development of students whilst engaging in work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences and student awareness of professional ethics and their development of a professional identity.  In additional, I am currently Editor-in-Chief of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education and often facilitate workshops on best practice of WIL programmes and conducting research in WIL.

Research Supervised


  • Nelson Cyril (2015), An investigation of malaysian secondary school students mental models of acid-based chemistry.
  • Jared Carpendale (in progress), Collaborative Core Design and Implementation for Electricity And Magnetism: Enhancing Practising Science Teachers’ PCK

Masters in Education

  • Jared Carpendale (2013) Science education in a museum setting

Teaching Commitments


Co-operative Education; Curriculum; Education; Education Research; Engineering; Experiential Learning; Key Competencies; Learning; Learning and Education; Learning in Science and Technology; Pedagogy; Science; Science Education; Social Science Research; Social Sciences and Education; Teaching and Learning; Teaching Ethics and Professionalism; Tertiary Education

Recent Publications

  • Zegwaard, K. E., Robertson, G., Bowden, S., & Yeo, A. (2017). Building skills for the future. In LEARNfest 2017: Connected Learners, Connected Teachers. Conference held at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Khoo, E., Zegwaard, K. E., Adam, A., Peter, M., & Cowie, B. (2017). A collaborative framework for enhancing graduate competencies through university-industry partnerships. In New Zealand Association for Research in Education conference. Conference held at University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Ward N., Zegwaard, K. E., & Hoskyn, K. (2017). Research issues and every day practice. In 20th Annual New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education Conference. Conference held at St Moritz Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand.

  • Zegwaard, K. E. (2017). How to develop a conference proceedings paper into a journal article. In 20th WACE World Conference on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education. Conference held in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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Contact Details

Room: E.G.16A
Phone: +64 7 838 4892
Cellphone: +64 27 44 55 686