Dr Cathy Buntting

Cathy Buntting

Director, Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research

Qualifications: Doctor of Philosophy (University of Waikato), Master of Science (University of Waikato), Bachelor of Science (University of Waikato)

About Cathy

Cathy is Director of the award-winning Science Learning Hub and Principal Investigator for On2Science: Multiple affordances for learning through participation in online citizen science. Her research interests straddle science, technology and STEM education across the school years, with a strong focus on innovative approaches to education in these disciplines.

Cathy is passionate about the teaching-research nexus, and much of her research has led to the development of teacher-facing educational resources. These include the Ethics thinking toolkit, Futures thinking toolkit, Digital technologies and future-oriented science education discussion document for schools, and the citizen science section on the Science Learning Hub. Cathy is on the Advisory Board  the US-based Biology Online and was an advisor for the Ministry of Education's Connected series (2014–2020).

As Director of the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, Cathy is responsible for supporting staff across the Division of Education to successfully deliver externally-funded research outcomes. She brings to this role a strong commitment to relationality and extensive experience in strategic thinking and stakeholder engagement.

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Book projects that Cathy has contributed to include:

Postgraduate supervision

Science education, technology education, environmental education and STEM education

Recent Publications

  • Doyle, C., Pierson, C. M., Buntting, C., & Li, Y. (2021). Learning to teach from home. Set: Research Information for Teachers, (1), 60-66. doi:10.18296/set.0196

  • Buntting, C. (2020). Values of science education systems. In D. Corrigan, C. Buntting, A. Fitzgerald, & A. Jones (Eds.), Values in Science Education The Shifting Sands (pp. 169-171). Springer Nature.

  • Buntting, C., & Jones, A. (2020). Using biotechnology to develop values discourse in school science. In D. Corrigan, C. Buntting, A. Fitzgerald, & A. Jones (Eds.), Values in Science Education: The Shifting Sands (pp. 105-117). Springer. Open Access version:

  • Anderson, D., Buntting, C., & Coton, M. (2020). Using online citizen science to develop students' science capabilities. Curriculum Matters, 16, 21-37. doi:10.18296/cm.0046

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Education; Education Research; Science Education; Teaching and Learning; Technology Education

ethical thinking, futures thinking

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]