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Ilana Finefter-Rosenbluh is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. A former postdoctoral fellow and research affiliate with the Justice in Schools project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, her research integrates assessment, ethics and voice as three main areas. First and foremost, her scholarship centres on assessment, particularly the use of assessment data, tools and procedures (e.g., feedback/perception surveys) and how they could be used to support educators’ practice. Second, she explores problems of educational ethics and the way they manifest in everyday enactments of injustice in schools and universities. Studying the ethical challenges of educators, Ilana is interested in the moral values embedded in schools’ everyday interplay, which often reach the students and their communities in forms of tacit complex experiences. She explores how educators can make just and informed decisions in their practice under intricate conditions in ways that could enhance teaching and learning. Relatedly, Ilana has an ongoing interest in the transformative potential of student voice in educational institutions—and its complexities in the age of disinformation, malinformation and misinformation—including how the consultation and the participation of students shape teaching and learning.

Conjoining these three areas, Ilana is currently working on projects examining the ethical use of student voice assessment data and community activism to improve schooling experiences and create more equitable environments for all. Her work in these areas has been supported by various national organisations, including the Trawalla Foundation, the Besen Family Foundation, and the Loti and Victor Smorgon Family Foundation. She has worked with a range of institutions and professional organisations, including the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, the Australian Council for Student Voice, the Australian Council for Educational Research, the Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership, and Social Education Victoria. Affiliated to the UNESCO Chair for Community, Leadership, and Youth Development at the Pennsylvania State University, USA, Ilana has been leading the design of educational programs to provide worldwide opportunities for educators and youth to advance their communities.

A school counsellor by training, Ilana draws upon her extensive work experiences in diverse international educational environments. She has published in leading research journals, including the Journal of Teacher Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, and the Journal of Education Policy. She has also contributed to prominent scholarly works such that published in Harvard Education Press. She is the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Student Voice, which is a unique peer-reviewed, open access e-journal publishing on the ways in which teachers and students co-lead schools and communities to address pressing problems in contemporary society.

Research interests

  • Assessment and feedback
  • Educational ethics
  • Professional ethics
  • Ethical assessment
  • Assessment and ethics in education policy 
  • Student voice
  • Voice and participation

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Visiting Scholar, University of Oxford and University College London

1 Jan 202430 Jun 2024

International Faculty affiliated to the UNESCO Chair for Community, Leadership, and Youth Development at the Pennsylvania State University, USA

2024 → …

Research area keywords

  • Assessment
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Educational Ethics
  • Professional Ethics
  • Morality
  • Voice
  • Participation
  • Teaching & Learning

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