Chris Astall

Senior LecturerDr Chris Astall

Programme Coordinator - BTchLn (Primary) and MTchgLn (Primary)
Rehua Level 5
Internal Phone: 94056

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

1. Developing sustainable approaches to Science professional development within Primary Schools
2. Use and development of Web2.0 technologies in pre-service education
3. Exploring attitudes and outcomes in the teaching and learning of Primary Science with pre-service teachers
4. Science Postcards Project – encouraging the development of Nature of Science through children’s literature (

Recent Publications

  • Fickel LC., Abbiss J., Brown E. and Astall C. (2018) The Importance of Community Knowledge in Learning to Teach: Foregrounding Māori Cultural Knowledge to Support Preservice Teachers' Development of Culturally Responsive Practice. Peabody Journal of Education 93(3): 285-294.
  • Astall C. and Cowan J. (2016) Experiences of Using Wiki as a Participatory Learning Tool in Teacher Education. American Journal of Educational Research 4(6): 459-471.
  • Owusu K., Conner L. and Astall C. (2015) Assessing New Zealand high school science teachers' technological pedagogical content knowledge. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching 34(3): 345-373.
  • Astall C., Conner L. and Wiki-Bennett S. (2014) Leadership Story: Re-evaluating science through professional learning. Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice 29(1): 70-81.
  • Owusu KA., Conner L. and Astall C. (2014) Contextualised use of technology in science classrooms by high school science teachers. STEMplanet 2014 1: 1-4.