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. (2019). Cooperative education in the Asian region: Future development and direction. In Y. Tanaka, & K. E. Zegwaard (Eds.), Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education in Asia: History, Present and Future Issues (pp. 176-184). Routledge.

  • Tanaka, Y., & Zegwaard, K. E. (Eds.) (2019). Cooperative and work-integrated education in Asia: history, Present and future issues. Routledge. Retrieved from

  • Fleming, J., & Zegwaard, K. E. (2018). Methodologies, methods and ethical considerations for conducting research in work-integrated learning. International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning, 19(3), 205-213.

  • Martin, A., Rees, M., Fleming, J., Zegwaard, K., & Vaughan, K. (2018). Work Integrated Learning (WIL) legacies: Building student and supervisor capability. In Australian Collaborative Education Network 7th National Conference on Work Integrated Learning. Conference held in Brisbane, Australia.

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Contact Details

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