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John Kenny

Lecturer - Science Education

Room A226d, Building A, Newnham Campus

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John.Kenny@utas.edu.au

Dr John Kenny researches and teaches in Science Education. He is very interested on how teachers can be prepared to teach science most effectively and this led into an OLT project exploring university-school partnerships. This work is now extending into a broader study of the effectiveness of partnership based-approaches in other fields (e.g. nurse education). John has also published in the area of higher educational policy and academic workloads.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • PhD (2005), 'Strategy and Learning: a path to organisational change', RMIT, Australia 
  • BSc (Hons) (1973), Monash University, Australia
  • Dip Ed. (1974), Monash University, Australia

Biography

Before joining the university of Tasmania, John worked at RMIT University in Melbourne where he completed his PhD in 2005. His research topic was strategic changes and organisational learning. Prior to that he had worked as a secondary teacher of science and mathematics, and a curriculum consultant with the Victorian Department of Education and training consultant and training manager in the private sector.

Research Themes

John's research aligns with the theme culture and society. His research into university –school partnerships has wide implications for how the university can best interact with society and link the theoretical work of the university with the practicalities of industry and educations systems more generally and overlaps with a growing interest in work integrated learning approaches. Similarly, his research into higher education policy connects with issues of education quality, resourcing and sustainability of the sector.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Former Secretary of National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) (Tasmanian Division)
  • Member, Australasian Science Education Researchers Association.
  • Elected representative on Academic Senate

Administrative expertise

Managing projects

Teaching

Teaching expertise

  • Unit design & development
  • Online learning

Teaching responsibility

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Expertise

  • School university Partnerships
  • Science Education
  • Higher Education policy

Awards

  • Faculty of Education Early Career Researcher Award (2010)

Collaboration

John was the initiator and key collaborator, with four other universities in the STEPS project which explored the effectiveness of university-school partnerships. In his time as Secretary of the NTEU, John has also initiated national surveys of academic staff on workloads and performance management.

Current projects

Science Teacher Education Partnerships with Schools STEPS project

Research Fields

  • Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
  • Educational Administration, Management and Leadership (130304)
  • Organisational Planning and Management (150312)
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy (130299)
  • Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
  • Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
  • Higher Education (130103)
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
  • Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105)
  • Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
  • Education Systems (130199)
  • Specialist Studies in Education (130399)
  • Marketing Communications (150502)
  • Education (139999)
  • Secondary Education (130106)

Research Impact

  • Management (910402)
  • Management and Productivity (910499)
  • Education and Training (939999)
  • Learner and Learning Processes (930102)
  • Education and Training Systems Policies and Development (930501)
  • Pedagogy (930201)
  • Teacher and Instructor Development (930202)
  • Management of Education and Training Systems (930502)
  • Curriculum (930399)
  • Education and Training Systems (930599)
  • School/Institution Policies and Development (930403)
  • Equity and Access to Education (939903)
  • Resourcing of Education and Training Systems (930503)
  • Teaching and Instruction (930299)
  • Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions (930401)
  • Industrial Relations (910401)
  • Education and Training Theory and Methodology (939902)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services (970115)
  • Learner and Learning Achievement (930101)

Publications

John has published in two main areas of research and presented at national and international conferences in science education and higher education policy. He is also interested in using partnerships to enhance teacher education more broadly and to explore work integrated learning (WIL).

Total publications

37

Highlighted publications

(7 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2010Journal ArticleKenny JDJ, 'Preparing primary teachers to teach primary science: a partnership based approach', International Journal of Science Education, 32, (10) pp. 1267-1288. ISSN 0950-0693 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/09500690902977994 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4

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2009Journal ArticleKenny JD, 'Managing a modern university: is it time for a rethink?', Higher Education Research and Development, 28, (6) pp. 629-642. ISSN 0729-4360 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/07294360903206934 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 7

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2006Journal ArticleKenny JDJ, 'Strategy and the learning organization: a maturity model for the formation of strategy', The Learning Organization, 13, (4) pp. 353-368. ISSN 0969-6474 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1108/09696470610667733 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20

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2004Journal ArticleKenny JDJ, 'A study of educational technology project management in Australian universities', Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 20, (3) pp. 388-404. ISSN 1449-3098 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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2003Journal ArticleKenny JDJ, 'Effective project management for strategic innovation and change in an organisation', Project Management Journal, 34, (1) pp. 43-43. ISSN 8756-9728 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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2001Conference PublicationKenny JDJ, 'Where Academia Meets Management: A model for the effective development of learning materials using new technology', Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, December, Melbourne, pp. 327-334. (2001) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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1999Journal ArticleMcNaught C, Kenny JDJ, Kennedy P, Lord R, 'Developing and evaluating a university-wide online distributed learning system: the experience at RMIT University', Educational Technology and Society, 2, (4) pp. 70-81. ISSN 1436-4522 (1999) [Refereed Article]

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Journal Article

(21 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Jones M, Hobbs L, Kenny J, Campbell C, Chittleborough G, et al., 'Successful university-school partnerships: An interpretive framework to inform partnership practice', Teaching and Teacher Education, 60 pp. 108-120. ISSN 0742-051X (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.tate.2016.08.006 [eCite] [Details]

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2014Kenny JDJ, Fluck AE, 'The effectiveness of academic workload models in an institution: a staff perspective', Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 36, (6) pp. 585-602. ISSN 1360-080X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/1360080X.2014.957889 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

Co-authors: Fluck AE

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2014Kenny JD, Hobbs L, Herbert S, Chittleborough G, Campbell C, et al., 'Science teacher education partnerships with schools (STEPS): Partnerships in science teacher education', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39, (12) pp. 43-65. ISSN 1835-517X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2014v39n12.4 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

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2012Cooper G, Kenny J, Fraser S, 'Influencing intended teaching practice: Exploring pre-service teachers' perceptions of science teaching resources', International Journal of Science Education, 34, (12) pp. 1883-1908. ISSN 0950-0693 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2012.698762 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Cooper G; Fraser S

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2012Kenny J, 'University-school partnerships: pre-service and in-service teachers working together to teach primary science', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 37, (3) Article 6. ISSN 1835-517X (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 5

2012Kenny J, Fluck A, Jetson T, 'Placing a value on academic work', Australian Universities' Review, 54, (2) pp. 50-60. ISSN 0818-8068 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Fluck A; Jetson T

2011Stack S, Beswick K, Brown N, Bound H, Kenny J, et al., 'Putting Partnership at the Centre of Teachers' Professional Learning in Rural and Regional Contexts: Evidence from Case Study Projects in Tasmania', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 36, (12) EJ ISSN 1835-517X (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Stack S; Beswick K; Brown N; Abbott-Chapman J

2010Kenny JDJ, 'Preparing primary teachers to teach primary science: a partnership based approach', International Journal of Science Education, 32, (10) pp. 1267-1288. ISSN 0950-0693 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/09500690902977994 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4

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2009Kenny JD, 'Managing a modern university: is it time for a rethink?', Higher Education Research and Development, 28, (6) pp. 629-642. ISSN 0729-4360 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/07294360903206934 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 7

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2009Kenny JDJ, 'Work-based research in a large organisation: The transformation from change agent to researcher', Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 14, (4) pp. 369-385. ISSN 1359-6748 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13596740903360943 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4

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2009Kenny JDJ, 'A partnership based approach to professional learning: pre-service and in-service teachers working together to teach primary science', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 34, (6) pp. 1-22. ISSN 0313-5373 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 4

2008Kenny JDJ, 'Efficiency and effectiveness in higher education: Who is accountable for what?', Australian Universities Review, 50, (1) pp. 11-19. ISSN 0818-8068 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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2008Kenny JDJ, Colvill M, 'Primary science: Professional learning and curriculum development in Northern Tasmania', Teaching Science, 54, (1) pp. 35-38. ISSN 1449-6313 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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2008Kenny JDJ, Seen AJ, Purser GJ, 'Supporting and resourcing secondary science teachers in rural and regional schools ', Teaching Science, 54, (3) pp. 19-24. ISSN 1449-6313 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Seen AJ; Purser GJ

2006Kenny JDJ, 'Strategy and the learning organization: a maturity model for the formation of strategy', The Learning Organization, 13, (4) pp. 353-368. ISSN 0969-6474 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1108/09696470610667733 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20

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2004Kenny JDJ, 'A study of educational technology project management in Australian universities', Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 20, (3) pp. 388-404. ISSN 1449-3098 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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2003Kenny JDJ, 'Student Perception of the use of online learning technology in their courses', UltiBase Online Journal , 2003, (March) EJ ISSN 1443-7023 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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2003Kenny JDJ, 'Effective project management for strategic innovation and change in an organisation', Project Management Journal, 34, (1) pp. 43-43. ISSN 8756-9728 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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2002Kenny JDJ, 'Managing innovation in educational institutions', Australian Journal of Educational Technology, 18, (3) pp. 359-376. ISSN 0814-673X (2002) [Refereed Article]

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2002Kenny JDJ, Quealy J, Young J, 'RMIT ICT DLS Competency Framework - A basis for effective staff development', UltiBase Online Journal EJ ISSN 1443-7023 (2002) [Refereed Article]

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1999McNaught C, Kenny JDJ, Kennedy P, Lord R, 'Developing and evaluating a university-wide online distributed learning system: the experience at RMIT University', Educational Technology and Society, 2, (4) pp. 70-81. ISSN 1436-4522 (1999) [Refereed Article]

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Conference Publication

(13 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Hobbs L, Jones M, Kenny J, Campbell C, Chittleborough G, et al., 'Successful university-school partnerships - An interpretive framework', Science Education Research: Engaging learners for a sustainable future, 31 August - 4 September 2015, Helsinki, Finland, pp. 2073-2084. ISBN 978-951-51-1541-6 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2016Kenny J, Hobbs L, Speldwinde C, Jones M, Campbell C, et al., 'Establishing school university partnerships to teach science - Does what worked for us work for you?', Science Education Research: Engaging learners for a sustainable future, 31 August - 4 September 2015, Helsinki, Finland, pp. 2029-2040. ISBN 978-951-51-1541-6 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2015Kenny JDJ, 'Student Generated Representations as a Strategy for Learning and Teaching Science', International Seminar on Mathematics, Science & Computer Science Education (MSCEIS) 2015, 17-19 October, Bandung (2015) [Keynote Presentation]

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2015Kenny JDJ, 'Academic Workload and Performance Management', Not Drowning Waving: Academic Workload and Autonomy in Australian Universities (22 September), 22 September, Melbourne (2015) [Keynote Presentation]

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2014Kenny J, Redman C, Hobbs L, Jones M, Campbell C, et al., 'Developing effective school and university partnerships for teacher education', Edulearn 2014 Proceedings, 7-9 July, Barcelona, Spain, pp. 2620-2632. ISBN 978-84-617-0557-3 (2014) [Conference Extract]

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2009Kenny JDJ, 'Boyer's scholarships and effective education: defining the 'Fifth Scholarship'', AARE 2008 International Education Research Conference, 30 November - 4 December 2008, Brisbane, pp. 1-11. (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2008Kenny JDJ, 'Evaluating strategic change projects in an organizational context', Proceedings of the IASK International Conference, 26 - 28 May 2008, Portugal, pp. 792-800. ISBN 978-989-95806-0-2 (2008) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2004Kenny JDJ, 'Staff perspective on strategic change on technological innovation. ', Proceedings of the annual HERDSA Conference, 4-7 July 2004, Malaysia EJ ISBN 0908557590 (2004) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2003Kenny JDJ, 'A research based model for managing strategic educational change and innovation projects', Proceedings of HERDSA Conference 2003, 6-9 July 2003, Christchurch, New Zealand, pp. 333-342. ISBN 0908557558 (2003) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2001Kenny JDJ, 'Where Academia Meets Management: A model for the effective development of learning materials using new technology', Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, December, Melbourne, pp. 327-334. (2001) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2001Kenny JDJ, 'Implementing an Institutional Online Learning System: Some Illustrative Case Studies at RMIT', UniServ Science, 2-4 September, Gold Coast, Queensland EJ (2001) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2000Kenny JDJ, Bosworth K, 'RMIT Streaming Video Pilot', Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Open Learning, 2000, Qld, pp. 225-234. ISBN 0724282572 (2000) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2000Kenny JDJ, McNaught C, 'Promoting Quality Outcomes in Higher Eduction using New Learning Technologies: Processes and Plans at RMIT', Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the Australian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education, 9-13 December 2000, Coffs Harbour, pp. 655-664. ISBN 1863844708 (2000) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2005Kenny JDJ, 'Strategy and Learning: a path to organisational change' (2005) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Hobbs L, Chittleborough G, Jones M, Kenny JDJ, Campbell C, et al., 'School-based pedagogies and partnerships in primary science teacher education', The Science Teacher Education Partnerships with Schools (STEPS) Project, The Office of Learning and Teaching, Australia (2015) [Government or Industry Research]

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2012Lynons T, Quinn F, Rizk N, Anderson N, Hubber P, et al., 'Starting out in STEM: A study of young men and women in first year science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses', Report submitted to Australia's Chief Scientist, Department of Industry, Innovation, Science and Tertiary Education, Australia (2012) [Government or Industry Research]

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Grants & Funding

John has worked on three significant nationally funded projects. Most recently the STEPS project funded by the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT), prior to that International Research into Science (IRIS) project and the Science ICT Mathematics Education in Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR) Project. He is currently working to setup a national research project into Academic workload and performance management through the NTEU and to establish research into the effectiveness of university partnerships in work integrated learning (WIL) environments.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

6

Total funding

$160,834

Projects

School-based pedagogies and partnerships in primary science teacher education (2013 - 2014)$17,264
Funding
Department of Industry and Science ($17,264)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Kenny JDJ
Period
2013 - 2014
Exploring partnerships: An approach to professional learning designed to support pre-service and in-service primary teachers to teach science. (2009 - 2010)$5,770
Funding
Faculty of Education ($5,770)
Scheme
Teaching and research scholarship grant scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Kenny JDJ
Period
2009 - 2010
TBA (2008 - 2009)$7,800
Funding
Tasmanian SiMERR Hub ($7,800)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Kenny JDJ
Period
2008 - 2009
TBA (2006 - 2007)$5,000
Funding
Tasmanian SiMERR Hub ($5,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Kenny JDJ; Seen A
Period
2006 - 2007
TBA (2006 - 2007)$5,000
Funding
Tasmanian SiMERR Hub ($5,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Kenny JDJ; Colvill M
Period
2006 - 2007
SiMERR Hub Tasmania (2005 - 2007)$120,000
Funding
University of New England ($120,000)
Scheme
Grant-SiMERR Hub
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Watson JM; Beswick K; Brown NR; Satterthwait DR; Robertson ME; Fluck A; Bound HI; Kenny JDJ
Period
2005 - 2007

Research Supervision

John is willing and able to accept research candidates in the areas of science education, teacher education and higher education policy.

Current

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
MastersTeachers' Perception of Inquiry Based Science Education in a Fijian Primary School2016