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Louise is the Director of Student Engagement in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. She manages student health and wellbeing, social inclusion and employabiity. As a sociologist and performing arts practitioner Louise’s particular research focus is on using music and drama as tools to support social inclusion for culturally diverse schools. Underpinning this inclusive work is her benchmark development of innovative curriculum resources, designed to drive whole school approaches to cultural inclusion (Building Bridges: Creating a Culture of Diversity, Melbourne University Publishing). Louise’s work has been informed by her contributions to national research about school-based racism and migrant and refugee inclusion.

Louise’s strong teacher practitioner focus and emphasis on teacher-led research, underpin all of her work. She uses action research to drive flexible and contemporary teaching practice, including the combination of a Blended Learning and Team teaching approach in the classroom. This combined approach has underpinned innovative changes to her work with her pre-service students. The Blended Learning and Team Teaching approach is underpinned by pedagogy which re-considers the role of the teacher and student in the classroom. Louise has disseminated the findings of this research and innovative teacher practitioner work via various journal publications and national and international conference papers.

Louise also uses historical research methodology to inform and give perspective to all that she does. Her ground breaking research about Australian women music educators from 1890-1950 enabled a more complex understanding of her work in socially inclusive education for youth from culturally diverse backgrounds and religions. The similarities in the barriers and prejudices that the early Australian women, and cultural minorities in Australian society today experience, informed her work in both spheres.


Research area keywords

  • Using the performing arts to enable social inclusion for culturally diverse youth
  • Socially inclusive curriculum and school environments
  • Blended Learning and Team teaching approaches in the classroom
  • Developing globally competent teachers
  • History and experience of Australian women educators

Research Output 2002 2018

Action research: a reflective tool for teaching

Jenkins, L. & Crawford, R., 1 Jan 2018, Evidence-Based Learning and Teaching: A Look into Australian Classrooms. Barnes, M., Gindidis, M. & Phillipson, S. (eds.). Abingdon UK: Routledge, p. 229-238 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Making pedagogy tangible: Developing skills and knowledge using a team teaching and blended learning approach

Crawford, R. & Jenkins, L., 2018, In : Australian Journal of Teacher Education. 43, 1, p. 127-142 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Award for Teaching Excellence

Louise Jenkins (Recipient), Dec 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Dean's Award for Partnership Development

Louise Jenkins (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

MPA Supervisor of the Year Award Finalist

Louise Jenkins (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

MPA Supervisor of the Year Award Finalist

Louise Jenkins (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence Finalist

Louise Jenkins (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2009 2013

  • 1 External research and teaching
  • 1 Submissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries
  • 1 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Inquiry into the extent, benefits and potential of music education in Victorian schools (Parliament of Victoria: Education and Training Committee)

Louise Jenkins (Speaker)
Nov 2013

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

International Society for Music Education (External organisation)

Louise Jenkins (Member)

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

The impact of racism on the health and wellbeing of young Australians

Louise Jenkins (Contributor)

Activity: External Academic EngagementExternal research and teaching