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

  • 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. E., & Vaughan, K. (2018). Work-integrated learning gone full circle: The student becomes the supervisor. In NZACE: A Network for Promoting Work-Integrated Learning International Conference 2018. Conference held on Waiheke Island, New Zealand.

  • Khoo, E., Zegwaard, K., & Adam, A. (2018). Employer and lecturer perceptions of science and engineering graduate competencies: Implications for curricular and pedagogical practice. In 29th AAEE Conference. Conference held at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Zegwaard, K. E., Cameron, C., Ferns, S., Fleming, J., & Pretti, T. J. (2018). Insights to developing a research career. In WACE’s Third International Research Symposium. Conference held in Stuttgart, Germany.

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Contact Details

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