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

  • Hoskyn, K., Zegwaard, K. E., Ferns, S., Kay, J., Johansson, K., & McRae, N. (2018). The professional development needs of the New Zealand work-integrated learning community in comparison to international perceptions. In K. Zegwaard, & K. Hoskyn (Eds.), New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education 2018 Conference Proceedings (pp. 17-21). Conference held at The Venue, Onetangi, Waiheke Island, New Zealand: New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education.

  • Zegwaard, K. E., Khoo, E., Adam, A., & Peter, M. (2018). The shifting perceptions by science and engineering employers of desirable graduate competencies: Comparing now to 15 years ago. In K. Zegwaard, & K. Hoskyn (Eds.), New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education 2018 Conference Proceedings (pp. 53-56). Conference held at The Venue, Onetangi, Waiheke Island: New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education.

  • 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.

  • 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