Denis Burchill

Denis Burchill

Professional Teaching Fellow
School of Curriculum and Pedagogy

phone +64 9 623 8899 ext 48501
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office A208

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. He currently teaches Physics and Science Education classes in Secondary programmes and Science, Mathematics and Technology Education classes in Primary programmes.

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 has just completed an MSc(Science Education) through Curtin University, Perth.

Denis Burchill's Resources website


  • BSc (1975) in Physics, BA (1977) in Mathematics, The University of Auckland.
  • Dip Teaching (1977) with Distinction, Secondary Teachers' College, Auckland.
  • MSc(Science Education) (2012), Curtin University, Perth.

Teaching | Current

  • EDCURSEC 613 Teaching and Learning Science 1
  • EDCURSEC 615 Teaching and Learning Science 3
  • EDCURSEC 618 Teaching Physics Education
  • EDCURRIC 107 Technology Education Primary
  • EDCURRIC 204 Primary Mathematics and Statistics Education 2
  • EDCURRIC 629 Mathematics, Statistics and Technology Education 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".

Committees/Professional Groups/Services

Recent and current involvements include:

  • Member of New Zealand Association of Science Educators (NZASE), New Zealand Institute of Physics (NZIP) and Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ)
  • Vice President of NZIP (2003-2005)
  • 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


  • Burchill, D., Binns, A., Housden, D., & Kinsler, P. (2004). Year 12 physics study guide: NCEA level 2 (3rd Ed). Auckland: ESA Publications. 

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