Kalman Bekesi

For a more detailed CV please do not hesitate to contact me.

I work as an education researcher.

Keywords about my work are the following: evidence-based education, evidence-informed education, development; education change, innovation in education; qualitative and quantitative methods; mixed education research methodology; case study, survey, interview, observation; school level; local level; policy level. Recently: systematic review.

Personal details

Name: Kalman Bekesi
Mobile: (+44 or 0) 7 585 929 529
E-mail: b e k e s i k () g m a i l . c o m

Professional and other skills

  • Qualitative and field study
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Project co-ordination, project management
  • Administrative skills
  • Co-operation and work in international projects
  • Writing, lecturing and presenting
  • Programming in html, CSS (basic, e.g. this homepage)
  • Languages: English (CAE), Russian (basic)

Education and Prizes

See "Training".

"Lecturer of education." MA-level degree. Level of achievement: excellent, graduated with honours.
Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences (ELTE), Faculty of Arts, Department of Education, Hungary, Budapest.

Pro Scientia Gold Medal. This award was given by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Education for my research work and professional results during my university studies.

I won (the first place) at the Hungarian scientific competition by the secondary analysis of OECD TIMSS datas from 1999. The name of the event was 25th National Conference of Scientific Students' Associations.


Writing Systematic Reviews for Policy and Practice. University of London, Institute of Education. Three-months on-line course.

Trainings on education policy analysis techniques and project-co-ordination. Centre for Education Policy Analysis, which was a department of the former Institute for Public Education.

Training on Grounded Theory and the Atlas.ti software for qualitative data analysis. Institution for Public Education, Hungary, Budapest.

Arion study visit, Jarffala Municipality, Sweden, Stockholm. It was a formal study visit for an international team. We visited and studied best practice schools. It was financed the Marie Curie Programme.

University of Helsinki, Finland. Formal study trip, one week. I studied qualitative research methodology and collected some relevant literature there.

Study trip at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Canada, Toronto. It lasted 4 months and was an informal study, visiting library. I studied theories and methods of traditional reform pedagogy.

Professional Experience

For more detailed information on specific projects please navigate to the Home page of this website.

Peer-reviewing work for the journal of HERA.
HERA is the Hungarian member of EERA (European Educational Research Association).

Project leader of REACH: Developing Assessment Tool on the Readiness for Change of Schools.
It was partly financed by the Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences, Hungary, Budapest.

Co-leader of the "Evidence-informed School Improvement in Hungary" project.
This project had an international scope as well, involving two schools from Finland and Belgium.
It was run under the Hungarian Social Renewal Operational Programme (TáMOP) 3.1.1 which was fund by the EU, conducted in the Hungarian Institute for Education Research and Development (HIERD), Department of Research.

Self-employed researcher. I participated in Hungarian and international projects.

Project-co-ordinator and policy analyst at the Centre for Education Policy Analysis, Hungary, Budapest. We conducted writing reports and strategy proposals for the government.

Project leader, Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences, Department of Education.
We conducted a control trial and developed a frame for interventions to inform the national policy-making on a current change of evaluation system in elementary schools. The subject of the innovation was narrative evaluation on grades 1-4. (Finally, we couldn't convince the policy-makers on the main theoretical frame and they adopted only some technical parts of our suggestion.)

Expert of educational evaluation and assessment of the 19th district of Budapest, Hungary.
My task was to further develop the already existing, but rather incoherent assessment system for the district, disseminate the results, broker the knowledge to the local policy-makers, school leaders and teachers. Finally, we developed a comprehensive evaluation and assessment system, developed validated scales and a questionnaire for measuring some attitudes and social competencies of students (e.g. self-attributions on learning).

Secondary statistical analysis of the Hungarian results of the OECD TIMSS (1999) assessment.
For this work I won the first place in the competition of university students in Hungary from education science, in 2001 (OTDK).

Methodological experiment at the university in content analysis combining qualitative and quantitative methods.
The aim was to construct a content analysis method, which is built on qualitative data but has the same reliability index than the quantitative ones. The experiment partly succeeded, but the method prooved to be too time-demanding and expensive to apply in researches.


  • Do some sports and yoga
  • Take photographs
  • Dance and teach dance (until 2011)

Main Publications, Lectures at Conferences, Manuscripts

Those writings, conference lectures etc. that has an English version abstract, full text, pptx etc. are marked at the end of each item. On those that hasn't got any English versions except for the title and the publisher, you can find information in the menu “Recent Projects” or you can contact me. The English text below is not an official translation, although I aimed to be as precise as possible.

Conferences: Lectures, Papers, Presentations

  1. Bekesi, Kalman (2011): Using Evidence in Local Education Policy Decisions in Hungary. Symposium Paper at the European Conference on Educational Research, Germany, Berlin. Co-authors: Rapos, Nora and Lenard, Sandor.
    In English.

  2. Bekesi, Kalman (2011): Assesing the Reflectivity to Change, Improvement By a Validated Self-Efficacy Questionnaire. Lecture at the 11th National Conference on Education, Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences, Hungary, Budapest.

  3. Bekesi, Kalman (2011): Evidence- vs. Opinion-Informed School Improvement In Hungary. School Management and Education Practice. Lecture in the Evidence-Based Education Session at the 11th National Conference on Education, Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences, Hungary, Budapest.

  4. Bekesi, Kalman (2010): Evidence-Based Education in Hungary, Local and School Level. Presentation at the seminar of Evidence Informed Policy in Education in Europe project, EPPI-Centre and Institute of Education of University of London, UK, London.
    In English.

  5. Bekesi, Kalman (2010): Patterns of Evidence-Based (Informed) School Development and Leadership in Hungary. Lecture at the 20th Enirdelm Conference (European Network for Improving Research and Development in Educational Leadership and Management), Hungary, Szeged.
    In English.

  6. Bekesi, Kalman (2008): Improving Vocational Education: Some Organisational and Leadership Aspects of Reducing Drop-out Rates. 8th National Conference on Education, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary, Budapest.

  7. Bekesi, Kalman (2006): Perceptions of Students on Their Learning Environment. 6th National Conference on Education, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary, Budapest.

  8. Bekesi, Kalman (2006): Evaluating Students Without Marks at the First and Second Years of Elementary Schooling – Was It an Innovation or a Change of Toolkits? Lecture at the 4th Conference on Educational Assessment, Institute of Education, University of Szeged, Hungary, Szeged.

  9. Bekesi, Kalman (2005): What Does the Sectoral and the Local Educational Management Expect From Each Other? Rapporteur at the Conference of Self Government and Public Education, Institute for Public Education, Hungary, Budapest.

  10. Bekesi, Kalman (2003): Components of Social Competencies: Comparative Analyses of Selected Attitudes and Causal Self-Attribute Scales. Their Development and the Effectivness of Schools. Poster Session presented at the annual Spring Wind Conference of the Association of Hungarian Ph.D. and DLA Students, Hungary, Sopron.

  11. Bekesi, Kalman (2001): Connections amongst several teachers' expectations, instruction methods and the achievement of 13-years old students in mathemathics competencies. Secondary Analyses of the Tesults of OECD Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Award (1st place) winning lecture at the 25th National Conference of Scientific Students' Associations (OTDK), Berzsenyi Daniel College, Hungary, Szombathely.


  1. Bekesi, Kalman (2008): Management in Educational Institutes and Innovation. Highlights from the Background Study of the Project 'Vocational Education and Drop-out'. In New Review of Pedagogy (Új Pedagógiai Szemle), November-December, 106-119.

  2. Szabo, M. and Bekesi, K (2008): The Premises of the Development of the Hungarian Competency-Based Program Packages. In Zsigovits, Gabriella (ed.): The Development and Implementation of the Competency-Based Teaching and Learning System at the Period of the National Development Plan. Educatio Ltd., Hungary, Budapest, 21-43.

  3. Bekesi, K., Kasza, G. (2008): Inclusion in Preschools Based on Interviews. In Kopatakine, Meszaros M. (ed.): On the door-step. Disadvantaged Children in Preschools. Public Foundation for Equal Opportunities of Persons with Disabilities, Hungary, Budapest, 57-107.

  4. Bekesi, Kalman (2007): Social Capital and Policy-Making: Taking Theory into Practice. Review. In Pedagogy, Culture and Society, Vol 15, Issue 1, 135-138.
    In English.

  5. Bekesi, Kalman (2007): Learning Environment – from the students’ point of view. In Nagy, M., Lannert, J. (ed.): The Effective School. National Institute for Public Education, Hungary, Budapest.

  6. Bekesi, Kalman (2005): Lessons I Learnt from School Visits in Sweden – Arion Study Tour. E-report, National Institute for Public Education, Hungary, Budapest.

  7. Rado, P. and Bekesi, K. (ed.) (2004): Is Public Education Sustainable? Public Policy Report. New Review of Pedagogy (Új Pedagógiai Szemle), July-August, 4-21.

  8. Babosik, I., Bekesi, K., Busi, E., Lenard, S. and Rapos, N. (2004): Development, Trial Experiment and Assessment of a Narrative Evaluation Toolkit for Teachers. New Review of Pedagogy (Új Pedagógiai Szemle), April-May, 191-203.

  9. Bekesi, Kalman (translator) (2002): Husén, Torsten: The Education Gap. In Babosik, I. and Karpati, A.: Comparative Educational Readings, BIP, Hungary, Budapest.

  10. Bekesi, Kalman (2001): The Theacher. Comparative content analysis on Maria Montessori’s and John Dewey’s books. - in Varadi, P. and Bekesi, K. (ed.): First Century – Pedagogy. Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences, Hungary, Budapest.

  11. Bekesi, Kalman (1999): A Review on the Book of Pulliam, J.D. and Van Patten, J.: History of Education in America. Hungarian Pedagogy (Magyar Pedagógia), 3, 349-351.

  12. Bekesi, Kalman (2003): Measuring the Level of Social Competencies by Survey. Final Report. Institute for Educational Service Budapest XIXth District, Hungary, Budapest. 15 p.

  13. Bekesi, K. and Novak, M. (2003): Effectiveness of the Karacsony Sandor Elementary School, Gabor Aron Elementary School and Vass Lajos Elementary School in the XIX. district, based on statistical analyses of local measurements from 1990 to 2002. School Management and Recommendations for the Quality Management. Institute for Educational Service Budapest XIXth District, Hungary, Budapest. 21 p.


  1. Bekesi, Kalman (2012): Using Evidence in School Improvement in Hungary. Theoretical Background, Research Design and Recommendations. Hungary, Budapest. Manuscript.

  2. Bekesi, Kalman (2007): Background Evidence on the Impact of the Development Programme for Vocational Schools I. Background report. Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and Development, Hungary, Budapest. Manuscript.

  3. Bekesi, Kalman (2006): Content Analysis of Several Hungarian Educational Journals. National Institute for Public Education, Hungary, Budapest. Manuscript.

  4. Bekesi, K., Rapos, N., Lenard, S. and Busi, E. (2003): Multi-approach Narrative Evaluation – Theoretical Frame and Instruments for Pilot Study. Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences, Hungary, Budapest. Manuscript.

  5. Bekesi, Kalman (2003): Multi-approach Assessment Tool of Social Competencies. Validated Questionnaire for Grade 7. Institute for Educational Service Budapest XIXth District, Hungary, Budapest, 10p. Manuscript.

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