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Dr Jacqueline Dohaney

Lecturer, STEM Education
Geoscience Education, University of Canterbury, New Zealand; Geological Sciences, University of British Columbia, Canada; Geology, Hons., Carleton University , Canada


I am a STEM education researcher who is interested in how students learn and how we teach STEM subjects at the university-level. I started my career as a volcanologist and mining geologist working in Canada and Australia. During my Masters (at the University of British Columbia), I taught geology courses and found that my students were really uninspired by some of the traditional approaches to learning and teaching that we employ in universities. I started working with the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (link: and we redeveloped a course that I was teaching. We evaluated the course redevelopment, and those results became the first academic research paper that I published. Subsequently, I moved to New Zealand (in 2010) to change careers and research science education. I received my PhD from the University of Canterbury (UC), in New Zealand where I researched authentic learning in the geosciences (i.e., incorporating real world practice into learning and teaching).

I have diverse research interests, past and present, which include: authentic and situated learning, inclusive pedagogies, open education, geoscience education (more specifically volcanology and natural hazards education), academic development, participatory engagement methodologies, science and risk communication, and more recently the philosophy of higher education, the future of education and the training of the new workforce.

Research interests

Education; Philosophy; Sociology

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Associate Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Higher Education - 390303
  • Specialist Studies In Education - 390400
  • Geology - 370500

Teaching areas

Geotechnical Engineering;Education;Philosophy;Sociology


  • 2012, National, Current innovations in the New Zealand geothermal industry, New Zealand Geothermal Association Paper Award


Also published as: Dohaney, Jacqueline; Dohaney, J.
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