Research Staff Profiles

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Don Nimal Kannangara


Senior Lecturer


PhD, Curtin University, Australia



+64 7346 8688


Since 1999 Don has contributed significantly towards innovative teaching through applied research at Waiariki.

In particular, with Don’s recent research to investigate the possibility of improving the quality of teaching using the cognitive aspects of learners by managing limited Working Memory and using Mental Modelling techniques.

Don has published a number of research papers and presented at international and national conferences. In addition, he has served as a member of the Editorial Board of international conferences. Apart from his professional life, Don involves in organising and supporting social and cultural activities in Rotorua.

Research Interests:

  • Working Memory and using Mental Modelling techniques

Research Publications and Outputs:

  • Kannangara, D. (2015). Quality, Ethics and Plagiarism issues in Documents generated using Word Spinning Software. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Science Mathematics and Technology Education, Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Kannangara, D. (2015). Issues and Trends in Data Engineering: Are we lagging behind other Institutions in teaching? Research seminar Series, Waiariki Institute of Technology, Rotorua, NZ.
  • Nepia, N. & Kannangara, D. (2014) effective utilisation of environmental sustainability funding under Māori Tikanga and Protocols, In Proceedings of the 6th Biennial International Indigenous Development Research Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Kannangara, D. (2014). The applications of Cognitive Load Theory, Schema Theory and Mental Modelling for effective teaching of Computer Programming. In Proceedings of the iPURSE International Conference, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

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