Dr Sally Elizabeth Birdsall

PhD, MEd (Hons), BA, GDITE, DipTchg


Dr Sally Birdsall is a Lecturer in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the Faculty of Education.

Prior to her appointment as a Lecturer in Primary Science, Sally taught at various intermediate schools at both Years 7 and 8 and in primary schools from Years 1 to 6. She has always been interested in science and while teaching was responsible for science in schools. She has also been extensively involved in science fairs at the school and regional level, as a Co-ordinator and Chief Judge.

Sally has also been part of the panel that selects exhibits for the national science and technology event, Realise the Dream. Currently Sally is the NZASE representative on the Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART). ANZCCART is concerned with overseeing animal ethics committees and ensuring the welfare of animals used in research and teaching.

When teaching Sally became interested in computers and how to integrate their use into classroom programmes. She completed a Graduate Diploma of Information Technology Education.

As part of Sally's Master of Education she completed a research project into an aspect of environmental education. She explored the development of children’s ideas about the concept of sustainability and their ability to transfer this concept to another context.

The thesis title for Sally's recently completed PhD is The Pedagogical Realisation of Education for Sustainability.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Birdsall, S. (2015). Analysing teachers’ translation of sustainability using a PCK framework. Environmental Education Research, 21 (5), 753-776. 10.1080/13504622.2014.933776
  • Birdsall, S., & Glasgow, B. (2014). Creating a new pathway for learning using education for sustainability. SET: Research Information for Teachers, 2, 41-47. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/25389
  • Birdsall, S. (2013). Reconstructing the relationship between science and education for sustainability: A proposed framework of learning. International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 8 (3), 451-478. 10.12973/ijese.2013.214a
  • Birdsall, S. (2013). Measuring student teachers' understandings and self-awareness of sustainability. Environmental Education Research
  • Birdsall, S. E. (2011). The Pedagogical Realisation of Education for Sustainability The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/10326
  • Birdsall, S., & France, B. (2011). Attitudes towards using animals in research and teaching: Opinions from a selected group of female secondary school students. Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 6 (1-2), 15-25. 10.1080/1177083X.2011.614263
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/11182
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bev France
  • Birdsall, S. (2010). Empowering students to act: Learning about, through and from the nature of action. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 26, 65-84. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/11181
  • Birdsall, S. E. (2006). "Sustainability Means Something Clean and Tidy, doesn’t it?" Developing and Assessing Students' Conceptual Understanding of Sustainability. Sharing Wisdom for Our Future Environmental Education in Action: Program and Abstracts, 260-268. Bunbury, Western Australia: The Authors.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/18303

Contact details

Primary location

Level 3, Room 320
New Zealand