Mr Denis John Burchill
MSc(Curtin), BSc, BA, DipTchg
Denis joined the Auckland College of Education (later incorporated into the Faculty of Education) in 1991 after 13 years teaching Physics and Junior Science at Auckland Grammar School. In 1997 he took a year's leave and taught Physics and Junior Science at Avondale College.
In the Faculty of Education he currently teaches Physics and Science Education classes in Secondary programmes and Science and Technology Education classes in Primary, Early Childhood and Foundation programmes.
In the Department of Physics Denis teaches in the two Tertiary Foundation Certificate Physics courses.
Denis' professional interests are the nature of Science, effective teaching of Physics and Physics Education research in general, curriculum and resource development in secondary school Physics and school Electronics and Electronics Education.
Denis completed an MSc(Science Education) through Curtin University, Perth in 2012.
Teaching | Current
- EDCURSEC 614 Teaching and Learning Science 2
- EDCURSEC 687 Curriculum Studies (Science)
- EDCURSEC 618 Teaching Physics Education
- EDCURRIC 107 Technology Education Primary
- EDCURRIC 105 Science Education Primary
- EDCURRIC 610 Science Education
- EDCURRIC 635 Exploration
- EDFOUND 16F Science and Mathematics for Teaching
- PHYSICS 91F Foundation Physics 1
- PHYSICS 92F Foundation Physics 2
- 2001 - awarded a Bronze Science and Technology Medal for "outstanding contribution to curriculum, professional and resource development in science education with particular regard to physics".
- 2018 - awarded the Peter Spratt Medal by the NZ Association of Science Educators. The medal is awarded biennially and recognises "significant and long-term contributions to science education in New Zealand at a grass-roots level".
- Member of New Zealand Association of Science Educators (NZASE)
- Member of Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ)
- Fellow and Council member of New Zealand Institute of Physics (NZIP)
- Life member Auckland Science Teachers’ Association
- Member Auckland Observatory and Planetarium Education Consultative Group
- Member of the organising committee for the annual Auckland Physics Teachers' Professional Development day.
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Matthewman, S., Bowes, M., Burchill, D., Heap, R., & Tickner, S. (2015). The digital challenges to curriculum thinking. In J. Morgan (Ed.) The 21st century curriculum? (pp. 107-121). Auckland, New Zealand: Edify.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Margot Bowes, Sue Tickner, Sasha Matthewman, Rena Heap
- Burchill, D. J. (2013). Valuing practical work. http://www.nzscienceteacher.co.nz/curriculum-literacy/the-physical-world/valuing-practical-work/. Related URL.
- Media Contact
Physics Dept - Phone extension 73795
Primary office location
A - BLOCK EPSOM - Bldg 6EA
Level 2, Room 208
EPSOM CAMPUS, 74 EPSOM AVE
Secondary office location
SCIENCE CENTRE - MATHPHYSIC - Bldg 303
Level 6 , Room 618
38 PRINCES ST