Dr Kathy Saunders

Kathy Saunders

Senior Lecturer


Primary and secondary science education, bioethics education; socioscientific issues; Nature of science and Scientific Inquiry, elearning

Qualifications: SciEdD(Curtin University of Technology); MSc (Science Education); DipTchg; BSc

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Saunders, Dr Kathy 7733 kathy TL.4.13 Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educat

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About Kathy

I am  a senior lecturer in science and biology and teach in both primary and secondary initial teacher education programmes as well as supervising research students in science education. I hold a BSc and Dip Tchg from University of Auckland, and MSc (Science Education) and  ScEdD from Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia.  I have a background in secondary and middle school science and biology teaching in both rural and city schools, before working for a number of years as a secondary science adviser.  I have worked extensively in the professional development of teachers for implementation of science and biology curricula and programmes, and have also worked on contracts for the Ministry of Education and NZQA mainly in the areas of curriculum review and development, and assessment in science and biology. I have received a British Council Award for services to science education.

My ScEdD from Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia was in teaching and learning about socioscientific issues in science classrooms and additional research interests are bioethics education, understandings of the Nature of Science and Scientific Inquiry, supporting the use of online learning pedagogies in science education at primary, secondary and initial teacher education levels.

Research Supervised


Tatiana Kalnins


David Follas

Jade Milne

Recent Publications

  • Williams, P. J., Otrel-Cass, K., Khoo, E., Cowie, B., Saunders, K., & Van Der Merwe, S. (2015). The implementation of e-networks to support inquiry learning in science. In C. Koh (Ed.), Motivation, Leadership and Curriculum Design. Engaging the Net Generation and 21st Century Learners (pp. 201-214). Singapore: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-981-287-230-2

  • Williams, P. J., Cowie, B., Khoo, E., Saunders, K., Taylor, S., & Otrel-Cass, K. (2013). Implementing e-network-supported inquiry learning in science. Set - Research Information for Teachers, 3, 11-18.

  • Saunders, K. J., & Rennie, L. J. (2013). A pedagogical model for ethical inquiry into socioscientific issues in science. Research in Science Education, 43(1), 253-274. doi:10.1007/s11165-011-9248-z

  • Jones, A., Buntting, C., Hipkins, R., McKim, A., Conner, L., & Saunders, K. (2012). Developing students' future thinking in science education. Research in Science Education, 42(4), 687-708. doi:10.1007/s11165-011-9214-9 Open Access version:

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