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Associate Professor John Williams

John Williams

Centre Director

Qualifications: BA PUC MA PhD Andrews DipT

About John

I am an Associate Professor in the Centre for Science and Technology Education Research at the University of Waikato. I conduct research into Technology Education, and teach and supervise research students.

Apart from New Zealand, I have worked and studied in a number of African and Indian Ocean countries and in Australia and the United States; my postgraduate study was done in the USA. I consult on Technology Education in a number of countries, am a Chief Examiner for The International Baccalaureate Design Technology and External Examiner for the Mauritius and Hong Kong Institutes of Education. 

I have published over 40 articles, have authored and co-authored 11 books and regularly present at international and national conferences. I am a longstanding member of 8 professional associations and an Advisory Editor of the International Journal of Technology and Design Education and on the editorial board of The Journal of Technology Education and Design and Technology Education: An International Journal. I hold an adjunct professorial position at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia.

Research Interests

His current research interests include mentoring beginning teachers and electronic assessment of performance.

Recent Publications

  • Williams, P. J., Milne, R. L., Reinsfield, E., Lee, K., & Fujita, S. (2019). A critical perspective on technology education in New Zealand. Journal of Japan Society for Industrial Technology Education, 61(1), 64-79.

  • Pimthong, P., & Williams, J. (2018). Preservice teachers’ understanding of STEM education. Kasetsart Journal of Social Sciences. doi:10.1016/j.kjss.2018.07.017

  • Williams, P. J., Nguyen, N., & Mangan, J. (2017). Using technology to support science inquiry learning. Journal of Technology and Science Education, 7(1), 26-57. doi:10.3926/jotse.234

  • Gedera, D. S. P., & Williams, P. J. (Eds.) (2016). Activity Theory in education research and practice. The Netherlands: Sense Publishers. doi:10.1007/978-94-6300-387-2

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