Personal profile


Jennifer Bleazby has worked in the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia since 2010, including two periods of maternity leave in 2013-2014; 2016-2017. Prior to taking up her position at Monash University, she was a philosophy, history, humanities and media studies teacher in government and independent secondary schools. Jennifer is currently leading two research projects: one on ethics and climate change education, funded by the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia and the second on religious education in public schools, funded by the Rationalist Society of Australia. Her research has explored the following areas: philosophy of education; philosophy for children; curriculum theory; ethics/moral education; religion in public schools; indoctrination; teaching controversial issues; environmental education; feminist philosophy, especially feminist epistemology and ecofeminism; and pragmatism, especially the philosophy of John Dewey. She is the author of the book, Social Reconstruction Learning: Dualism, Dewey and Philosophy in Schools (2013, Routledge), as well as co-editor of J. Quay, J. Bleazby, S. A. Stolz, M. Toscano, & R. S. Webster's, Using Theory and Philosophy in Education Research: Methodological dialogues (2018, Routledge).

Jennifer is an associate editor for the journal, Educational Philosophy and Theory (Routledge). She was a long-standing member of the Monash University Human Ethics Committee 2014-2021, and has served on the executive committees of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (2018-2019) and the Victorian Association of Philosophy in Schools (2010-2011).

Research Student Completions

  • David McMaster (PhD, 2023). Mission Creep: Curricularising Knowledges in a new Transnational University in the Persian Golf. Main Supervisor: Jennifer Bleazby; Associate Supervisor: George Variyan.
  • Edward Rush (PhD, 2022). The Intensifying Moral Regulation of Student Plagiarism at Australian Universities: A Genealogical Discourse Analysis. Main Supervisor: Jennifer Bleazby; Associate Supervisor: Melissa Wolfe.
  • Claire Manton (PhD, 2021). Experiences of wellbeing and spirituality: A hermeneutic phenomenological study. Main Supervisor: Alex Kostogriz; Associate Supervisor: Jennifer Bleazby.
  • Muhalim Muhalim (PhD, 2020). Religious Discourses in ELT in Indonesia: Lecturers Ideological Becoming in Institutional Practices. Main Supervisor: Alex Kostogriz. Associate Supervisor: Jennifer Bleazby.
  • Brian Jeganathan (PhD, 2019). Cultural Worker as “Horizontal Intellectual” in a Militarized Postcolonial State: Jacque Rancière’s “equality of intelligence” as an unconditional prerequisite. Main Supervisor: Jennifer Bleazby. Associate Supervisor: Mary Lou Rasmussen.
  • Joy Whitton (PhD, 2016). Fostering Imagination in Higher Education Teaching and Learning: Making Connections. Main Supervisor: Jennifer Bleazby. Associate Supervisor: Anne Harris. Research developed into a book (Routledge, 2018). Details here.
  • Be Beng Toh (PhD, 2016). The Influence of Post-Secondary Students Technology Use on their Epistemological Beliefs, Conceptions of, and Approaches to Learning. Main Supervisor: Nicola Johnson. Associate Supervisor: Jennifer Bleazby.
  • Anthony Tarranto (MEd, 2013). How do Heads of House in an Independent Secondary School Evaluate and Understand Pastoral Care? Main Supervisor: Jennifer Bleazby.

Monash teaching commitment

I have coordinated the following Monash units:

EDF2063: Planning for Teaching and Learning

EDF1070: Understanding Students as Learners

EDF5177 & EDF5178: Humanities Education in the Secondary Years

EDF5664: Learning Through Particiaption

EDF5621: Challenging Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment

EDF5018: Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting

EDF4510: Connecting the Curriculum

EDF5163 & EDF5164: Media Education in the Secondary Years

EDF2004: Curriculum Inquiry

ATS4869: Philosophical Pedagogy 


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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research area keywords

  • Philosophy of education
  • John Dewey
  • Philosophy for children
  • Ethics education
  • Pragmatism
  • Curriculum and pedagogy
  • Feminist epistemology
  • Moral education
  • Religion in schools
  • Inquiry based learning
  • Community of Inquiry
  • Values Education
  • Thinking curriculum
  • Teaching critical thinking skills
  • Emotions in thinking and education
  • Imagination in thinking and education
  • Civics education
  • Community service learning
  • Social Reconstructionism
  • Children's rights
  • Feminist political and ethical philosophy
  • Social education
  • Experiential learning

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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