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Dr Fida Sanjakdar is Senior Lecturer in Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. Her research interests lie in the areas of critical sexuality education, the intersections between religion, culture and sexuality education, Islamic Education and Islamic schooling, teaching Controversy and Real World Ethics. She is the author of ‘Living West, Facing East: The (de)construction of Muslim Youth Sexual Identities’ (2011, Peter Lang, NY) and co-editor of ‘Critical Pedagogy, Sexuality Education and Young People’ (2018, Peter Lang, NY) with Professor Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip (University of Nottingham). She is currenlty lead co-author of 'Researching the Margins: Ethical Reseach Across Minority Communities (2020, Routledge) with Amanda Keddie, Gabriele Fletcher and Ben Whitburn.

Dr Sanjakdar's work is widely published in leading educational journals such as Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, Sex Education, International Journal of Research and Method in Education, which span disciplinary fields such as culture, religion, psychology, sociology, youth studies and health. She was co Chief Investigator in an international collaboration with Australian and New Zealand colleagues (Professor Mary Lou Rasmussen, Associate Professor Louisa Allen, Dr Kathleen Quinlivan and Dr Clive Aspen) as part of a prestigious Discovery Project Grant from the Australian Research Council (ARC). This project investigated cultural and religious diversity in sexuality education. Dr Sanjakdar's current project investigates effective pedagogies in the teaching of controversial issues in Primary, Secondary and Early Childhood educational settings.

Dr. Sanjakdar is on the editorial review board of 4 Q1 journals 'Race, Ethnicity and Education'; 'Curriculum Inquiry'; 'Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education' and 'The Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies'. 

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Research interests

  • Islamic Education/Schooling
  • Cultural and Religious Education
  • Sexuality Education and Schooling
  • Controversy in Education
  • Curriculum Theory, Design and Development
  • Critical Theory and Pedagogy

Research area keywords

  • Sexuality Education
  • Culture and Religion
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Critical Theory
  • Inclusive Education
  • Critical pedagogies
  • Ethics in education
  • Controversy in Education


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