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Dr Steven Sexton
Senior Lecturer (Science Education)
BSc(Penn State) MTeach PhD(Sydney)

Dunedin Campus
Tel +64 3 479 4285


I am a primary school teacher now working at the University of Otago. I completed my PhD in teacher cognition in 2007 which investigated how those who are entering their initial teacher education programme see themselves as the teacher and how this role-identity was formed by their prior experiences in the classroom. My research interest areas are in teacher cognition, heteronormativity in the classroom and science education.


Sexton, S. S. (2022). New Zealand student teachers’ reflections on planning, preparing, and delivery for effective and culturally responsive teaching practice. Education 3-13. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03004279.2022.2100441

Sexton, S. S. (2023). Nature of science and nature of technology. In B. Akpan, B. Cavas & T. Kennedy (Eds.), Contemporary issues in science and technology education. (pp. 13-23). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-24259-5_2

Sexton, S. S. (2021). Case studies in preparing future teachers: A gay educator in New Zealand's initial teacher education. In L. Murti & G. M. Flores (Eds.), Gender, race, and class in the lives of today's teachers: Educators at intersections. (pp. 187-202). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-73551-7_18

Sexton, S. S. (2020). Meaningful learning: David P. Ausubel. In B. Akpan & T. J. Kennedy (Eds.), Science education in theory and practice: An introductory guide to learning theory. (pp. 163-175). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-43620-9_12

Sexton, S. (2023). Three Male Primary Student Teachers' Intersections of Languaging and Teaching. Journal of Language & Education, 9(4), 99-109. doi: 10.17323/jle.2023.14494

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