School of Education Policy and Implementation
Phone: 04 463 9643
Location: Room 320, Waghorn Block, Karori Campus
EPOL 233 - Teaching Science
EPOL 344 - Science Curriculum Study 1
PhD, MEd, BEd (teaching), BSc
Azra Moeed has been involved in science education for most of her professional life. Azra taught science and biology at Upper Hutt College for eleven years and was the Head of Science before coming to lecture at Wellington College of Education. In New Zealand, she has taught in primary, intermediate and secondary schools and in early childhood education as a Play Centre Supervisor. She believes that her teaching experience has helped her to understand the New Zealand learner at different levels of education. A passionate science teacher, Azra has contributed to the Capital City Science Educators and to the biology teachers’ network. She has been involved in the organisation of national conferences, has been a member of the Wellington region science fair judging panel and contributes to the educational programmes at the Wellington Zoo and the Allan Wilson Centre of Molecular Evolution. She has organised Science Challenge for Year 10 students, supported BP Technology challenge and established an environmental group for forest restoration. With her team of science educators she is involved in a collaborative project for professional development of primary school teachers. Azra was awarded an Excellence in Teaching award in 1996 and The Royal Society Science Teacher Fellowship in 1999.
Azra’s main research interest is in science education, science teacher education and environmental education. For her PhD research she studied the phenomenon of science investigation and explored the connectedness between motivation to learn, learning and assessment. Azra has presented her research at international conferences in the United States, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.
Currently, she is supervising five doctoral students with diverse topics within the science discipline including: the Nature of Science; learning through practical work in Malaysian secondary schools; teaching and learning of ecology in New Zealand schools; Science education in Tanzania; International Baccalaureate and National Certificate in Educational Achievement at level 3.