Kaitlyn Martin

LecturerKaitlyn Martin

Rehua 418
Internal Phone: 91708
The ultimate goal...is simply stated: to stimulate joy, wonder, satisfaction and delight in children as a result of their encounters with science.


Research Interests

Kaitlyn Martin (Tangata Tiriti, she/her) is a Lecturer in STEM Education in Te Kaupeka Ako Faculty of Education at Te Whare Wananga o Waitaha the University of Canterbury. Kaitlyn is a science educator, researcher, and communicator who has worked with students from ECE, primary, secondary, and tertiary levels in STEM. Her interests span formal and informal science learning experiences with a special appreciation for the areas of biology, astronomy, and digital technologies. Kaitlyn’s passion for science communication was born while reading Evolutionary Biology during her honours degree at the University of Edinburgh. She completed her teaching qualification in the MOSAIC programme at the University of Pittsburgh, gaining dual qualifications in Science/Biology and Special Education teaching as well as a Master of Education. In 2016 Kaitlyn came to Otepoti Dunedin to purse doctoral studies in student engagement with science and mobile filmmaking with the Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago. Her research aims to develop experiences, strategies, and knowledge about how to improve STEM attitudes, literacy, and aspirations in a world in need of informed, active, and critical citizens.

Recent Publications

  • Martin KM., Davis LS. and Sandretto S. (2021) Engagement with Science Across the Middle Years in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies 56(1): 83-99. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40841-020-00185-x.
  • Martin KM., Davis LS. and Sandretto S. (2019) Students as storytellers: Mobile-filmmaking to improve student engagement in school science. Journal of Science Communication 18(5) http://dx.doi.org/10.22323/2.18050204.