Mr Denis John Burchill

MSc(Curtin), BSc, BA, DipTchg


Denis Burchill is now an Honorary Academic having recently been a Professional Teaching Fellow in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy (Epsom Campus) and the Department of Physics (City Campus).

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 taught 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 taught 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.

Denis Burchill's Resources website


  • 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".

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Member of New Zealand Association of Science Educators (NZASE)
  • 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

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: Sue Tickner, Rena Heap
  • Burchill, D. J. (2013). Valuing practical work. Related URL.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 2, Room 200
New Zealand

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