John Kertesz

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Dr John Kertesz

John Kertesz

Lecturer in Applied Learning
Program Director: Bachelor of Education (Applied Learning) and the Bachelor of Adult and Applied Learning

Room 525, Hyyten Hall, Sandy Bay Campus

+613 6226 7678 (phone)

+613 6226 2569 (fax)

John has come late to academia and can be considered an early career researcher.


John has come to the University of Tasmania from a couple of other careers. He served for 20 years in the Australian Army as an Intelligence officer and in operational positions. He is a graduate of the Army Command & Staff College. John also has another 20 years experience as a teacher of Japanese in Tasmania ranging from primary to university level.  As a teacher, John served in school leadership positions and  also worked extensively to advance the cause of second language learning.

Career summary


  • PhD (2007) 'Evaluation and professional development in Tasmanian High Schools' University of Tasmania, Australia 
  • DipEd (1993) University of Tasmania, Australia
  • AssDip Mod Lang (1984) Canberra College of Advanced Education, Australia
  • BA Hons (1976) 'Australia and Korea 1947-1948: Australian involvement in the United Nations Temporary commission in Korea' University of New South Wales, Australia

Languages (other than English)



Teaching responsibility

Bachelor of Education (Applied Learning)
Bachelor of Adult & Applied Learning
EAL102 Foundations of Professional Learning
EAL112 Foundations of Applied Learning
EAL202 Designing Applied Learning Strategies within Discipline
EAL302 Literacy Strategies within Discipline
EAL322 Quality and Evaluation in Vocational Education
EAL323 Engagement with Professional Standards 1-3
EAL334 Engagement with Professional Standards 4-7
Bachelor of Education with Professional Honours (Applied Learning)
EAL501 Educational Professionalism
EAL503 Foundations of Applied Learning

View more on Dr John Kertesz in WARP


  • ePortfolios
  • Curriculum mapping
  • Unit design
  • Evaluation of pedagogy

Research Themes

John has a long standing interest in the evaluation of teaching practice and the application of professional standards. He is particularly interested in teacher engagement with, and ownership of, the National Professional Standards for Teachers and measuring the impact of these standards on classroom pedagogy and professional learning. This evaluation focus also contributed to John's research study of Asian language teaching practices in Tasmania, and the clear identification of student motivations and teaching practices that have influenced retention and the success level of this subject area.

John's evaluation focus continues at the tertiary level and he is embarked on an ongoing study of design-end standards and outcomes attribution tools to verify the quality of units before delivery, and to ensure the validity of unit and course evaluations.

John is a strong supporter of alternative assessment methods, such as ePortfolios, and is researching the use of ICT tools to enrich the quality of online learning and teaching, as well as lecturer and teacher engagement with new technologies.

Fields of Research

  • Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
  • Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
  • Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
  • LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori) (130207)
  • Higher Education (130103)

Research Objectives

  • Pedagogy (930201)
  • Teacher and Instructor Development (930202)
  • Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum (930301)
  • Education and Training Systems (930599)
  • School/Institution Policies and Development (930403)
  • Learner and Learning Achievement (930101)
  • Teaching and Instruction Technologies (930203)
  • Syllabus and Curriculum Development (930302)


Total publications


Journal Article

(5 outputs)
2019Kertesz JL, Brett P, 'Defining and designing impact consciousness in teacher education', Teaching Education pp. 1-18. ISSN 1470-1286 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10476210.2019.1583728 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Brett P


2018Brett PD, Fitzallen N, Kilpatrick S, Morrison C, Reynolds B, et al., 'Learning the Words: supervising teachers and the language of impact in an initial teacher education programme', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 43, (8) Article 7. ISSN 0313-5373 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2018v43n8.7 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Brett PD; Fitzallen N; Kilpatrick S; Morrison C; Reynolds B; Quentin-Baxter M; Mainsbridge C


2016Kertesz J, Downing J, 'Piloting teacher education practicum partnerships: teaching alliances for professional practice (TAPP)', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 41, (12) pp. 13-24. ISSN 0313-5373 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2016v41n12.2 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Downing J


2016Kertesz JL, 'Three key conditions to revitalise an ePortfolio program in response to increasing regulation of teacher education', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 41, (8) Article 6. ISSN 0313-5373 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2016v41n8.6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2


2015Kertesz J, 'U-Map: Beyond curriculum mapping', Advances in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2, (1) pp. 16-34. ISSN 2382-5855 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Conference Publication

(3 outputs)
2018Kertesz JL, 'Integrating digital curriculum mapping and eportfolios to better respond to stricter initial teacher education accreditation requirements', PebblePad's 2018 The Enterprise Endeavour' conference, pp. 1-17. (2018) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2016Brett P, Kilpatrick S, Fitzallen NE, Mainsbridge C, Reynolds B, et al., 'Evidencing the impact of pre-service teachers: shifting the conversation', Proceedings of the 2016 Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 27 November - 1 December 2016, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pp. 1-13. ISSN 1324-9320 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Brett P; Kilpatrick S; Fitzallen NE; Mainsbridge C; Reynolds B; Thomas S

2013Nash RE, Kelder JC, Ennever ER, Williams A-MM, De Silva EC, et al., 'Sharing Practice Peer Learning Circle (PLC) 360 Curriculum', Teaching Matters 2013 - Open UTAS to the World, 28 - 29 November, 2013, Tasmania (2013) [Keynote Presentation]

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Co-authors: Nash RE; Kelder JC; Ennever ER; Williams A-MM; De Silva EC; Downing JJ; Ellis L; Dermoudy J; Osborne John; Linquist SG; Rundle NC; Booth S; Symes MF

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
2011Kertesz JL, 'The state of Asian languages in Tasmania: Reporting on the views of teachers and students', National Asian languages and studies in schools program, T (2011) [Contract Report]

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Research Supervision




PhDFijian Secondary School Teachers Perceptions of the Interpersonal Characteristics of Professional Learning Communities
Candidate: Parmeshwar Prasad Mohan
PhDWant, dont, cant: Student second language enrolment in Tasmania
Candidate: Stephanie Michelle Clayton