Associate Professor Kevin de Berg


Kevin de Berg has a keen interest in how chemical knowledge has been constructed over the time of its recent history. He has authored a number of publications in this area, particularly in journals such as Science and education--contributions from history, philosophy and sociology of science and mathematics and Foundations of chemistry.

He is also interested in how a study of science can enhance professional practice, particularly in health-related areas. A study of the way nurses understand fluid flow in clinical settings has demonstrated how scientific understanding can develop professional confidence and competence in the practice of nursing. Kevin has supervised doctoral studies in this area.

Kevin is an associate professor in the Faculty of Science and Mathematics and head of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Science at Avondale College. He edits the journal, Christian spirituality and science: issues in the contemporary world.


How has chemistry contributed to the human condition since its modern beginnings in the 17th century?
While chemistry began by making some dangerous concoctions for human disease, its deepening developments in the 19th and 20th centuries provided the way for the development of drugs such as penicillin, which saved millions of lives.

Can scientific knowledge assist in the preparation of nurses for their profession?
While nurses by enlarge are fearful of science, they do recognise its importance provided the science is taught in a nursing context.

Why is science such a difficult subject to understand?
Scientific knowledge often runs counter to our common sense knowledge and often depends on the language of mathematics for its expression.


BSc (Queensland), DipEd (Queensland), BEd (Queensland), PhD (Queensland), M AppSc (Curtin), MRACI, Cchem


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