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Ilana Finefter-Rosenbluh is a Lecturer in Educational Assessment and Ethics in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. A former Research Affiliate with the Justice in Schools project and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, her studies focus on the way assessment tools, such as feedback surveys, shape educators' practices and/or correspond with their ethical experiences. Capturing the intersection between assessment, ethics and teaching, her main research projects explore how assessment initiatives enhance (or conversely, mitigate) teaching and learning processes. Touching on educators' day-to-day ethical challenges and the foundations of ethical policy, her research expertise aims to help teachers, principals, and policymakers to make just and informed decisions in their practice.

A school counsellor by training, Ilana draws upon her work experiences in diverse international educational environments. Unpacking the complexities and promoting ideas of ethical assessment, her research framework uncovers the moral origins of teacher normativity and subjectification; seeking to identify how educators can best develop dynamic and ethical strategies that support learners.

Ilana has published in leading research journals, including the Journal of Education Policy, Teaching and Teacher EducationYouth & Society, Cambridge Journal of Education, Oxford Review of Education, and the International Journal of Qualitative Methods. She has also contributed to prominent scholarly works such that published in Harvard Education Press, Educational Psychology and The Palgrave Handbook of Educational Leadership and Management Discourse.

Research interests

  • Assessment
  • Ethical assessment
  • Ethical decision making in educational settings
  • Assessment and ethics in education policy 
  • Feedback
  • Policy reform and morality
  • Poststucturalism and schooling

Research area keywords

  • Assessment
  • Ethical Assessment
  • Educational Ethics
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Teacher Practice
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Morality
  • Educational Theory and Policy (Especially In Relation To Schools)
  • policy analysis and effects on systems, staff and students


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