Dr Jennifer Skattebol
Senior Research Fellow

Dr Jennifer Skattebol

Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood), B. Ed., PhD, UWS

Arts,Design & Architecture
Social Policy Research Centre


Jennifer Skattebol, Dip Ed (EC), B.Ed., PhD,  explores issues of economic inequality and how they are experienced by children and their families. She is primarily a qualitative and mixed method researcher grounded in the disciplines of education, sociology and social policy. Her methodological expertise is designing research with children, young people and their families in contexts of disadvantage. She has worked extensively with government and non-government bodies on issues related to early years education, child and youth poverty and how service systems might better meet the needs of these young Australians and their families. She is interested in how constructions of family are lived and experienced and how the nexus of the family is a site where inequalities and power focus, operate, are resisted and transformed. This work includes consideration of how young people manage tensions between family and school (and other services) and how services might be more responsive to the needs of disadvantaged citizen. Current research projects include equitable access to early childhood education and care, of child wellbeing in the middle years and an investigation of the lifecourses of young poeple using multiple service systems.

Research Summary

Jennifer Skattebol's research interests include children and young people's experiences of poverty,  education in underserved and/or under resourced communities, child/youth-centred methodologies, and participatory methodologies.

Teaching HDR Supervision:

Jennifer Skattebol welcomes enquires from prospective Higher Research Candidates interested in children and young people’s experiences, families with young children, services for low income and culturally diverse communities.

HDR completions:

Inara Walden: Participation in Indigenous policy making

Jan Idle: Talking and Listening in Primary School

Kabirul Islam: Food Security and Social Safety Net Programs: A Study of Bangladeshi Rural poor Households

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  • Books | 2010
    Skattebol J, 2010, (re)searching shared meanings between teachers and children; identities, being and belonging, 1st, VDM Verlag, Saarbrueken
  • Book Chapters | 2019
    Skattebol J, 2019, ''Child Poverty and Wellbeing: the Case of Australia'', in Li B (ed.), Anti-poverty from theories to practices., pp. 1 - 25
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Skattebol J, 2016, '‘It’s hard to blend in’: everyday experiences of schooling achievement, migration and neoliberal education policy', in Hunner-Kreisel, C; Bohne, S (ed.), Childhood, Youth and Migration: Connecting Global and Local Perspectives, edn. 1, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, pp. 83 - 99, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31111-1
    Book Chapters | 2015
    Skattebol J; Aydemir O; Mourad F; Arthur L, 2015, 'Insider Islamic Spaces of Inquiry: Muslim educators producing new knowledge in Sydney Australia', in Practitioner research in early childhood: International issues and perspectives.
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Hayes D; Skattebol J, 2014, 'Education and the Politics of Belonging', in Handbook of Children and Youth Studies, Springer Singapore, pp. 1 - 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-4451-96-3_66-1
    Book Chapters | 2005
    Skattebol J, 2005, 'Difference, deafness and donor choice', in Jones HG; Kirkman DM (ed.), Sperm Wars: The Rights and Wrongs of Reproduction, edn. Original, ABC Enterprises, Sydney, pp. 242 - 252
    Book Chapters | 2004
    Skattebol J; Gilbert S, 2004, 'Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families', in Salter G; Johnston C; Lunn H (ed.), Does this child need help? Identification and Early Intervention, edn. Original, Australian Early Intervention Association, Sydney, pp. 24 - 30
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Turkmani S; Bista S; Wang JJJ; O’Donnell AW; Thomson C; Radcliffe NJ; Skattebol J; Redmond G; Brooks F, 2023, 'Social and Emotional Wellbeing Among Young People; the Mitigating Role of Ecological Domains', Child Indicators Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12187-022-10008-8
    Journal articles | 2022
    Blaxland M; Skattebol J; Hamilton M; van Toorn G; Thomson C; Valentine K, 2022, 'From being ?at risk? to being ?a risk?: journeys into parenthood among young women experiencing adversity', FAMILIES RELATIONSHIPS AND SOCIETIES, vol. 11, pp. 321 - 339, http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204674321X16297270094275
    Journal articles | 2022
    Bryant J; Caluzzi G; Bruun A; Sundbery J; Ferry M; Gray RM; Skattebol J; Neale J; MacLean S, 2022, 'The problem of over-medicalisation: How AOD disease models perpetuate inequity for young people with multiple disadvantage', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 103, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2022.103631
    Journal articles | 2022
    MacLean SJ; Caluzzi G; Ferry M; Bruun A; Skattebol J; Neale J; Bryant J, 2022, 'Why we stopped using the term ‘aftercare’', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 41, pp. 3 - 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.13332
    Journal articles | 2022
    O’Donnell AW; Redmond G; Arciuli J; Robinson S; Skattebol J; Raghavendra P; Thomson C; Wang JJJ; Emerson E, 2022, 'The Association between Parental Educational Expectations and School Functioning among Young People with Disabilities: A Longitudinal Investigation', Exceptional Children, vol. 89, pp. 60 - 78, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/00144029221087392
    Journal articles | 2022
    O’Donnell AW; Redmond G; Skattebol J; Allen J; Thomson C; MacDougall C, 2022, 'The Relationship Between Financial Hardships and the Development of Risk-Taking Behaviors: The Protective Role of Extracurricular Activities', Youth and Society, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0044118X221127724
    Journal articles | 2022
    Redmond G; Main G; O'Donnell AW; Skattebol J; Woodman R; Mooney A; Wang J; Turkmani S; Thomson C; Brooks F, 2022, 'Who excludes? Young People's Experience of Social Exclusion', Journal of Social Policy, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0047279422000046
    Journal articles | 2022
    Redmond G; Skattebol J; Hamilton M; Andresen S; Woodman R, 2022, 'Projects-of-self and projects-of-family: young people’s responsibilisation for their education and responsibility for care', British Journal of Sociology of Education, vol. 43, pp. 84 - 103, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2021.1947189
    Journal articles | 2021
    Fenech M; Skattebol J, 2021, 'Supporting the inclusion of low-income families in early childhood education: an exploration of approaches through a social justice lens', International Journal of Inclusive Education, vol. 25, pp. 1042 - 1060, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2019.1597929
    Journal articles | 2020
    Seymour K; Skattebol J; Pook B, 2020, 'Compounding education disengagement: COVID-19 lockdown, the digital divide and wrap-around services', Journal of Children's Services, vol. 15, pp. 243 - 251, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JCS-08-2020-0049
    Journal articles | 2019
    Redmond G; Skattebol J, 2019, 'Material deprivation and capability deprivation in the midst of affluence: The case of young people in Australia', Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 97, pp. 36 - 48, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.06.067
    Journal articles | 2019
    Skattebol J; Redmond G, 2019, 'Troubled kids? Locational disadvantage, opportunity structures and social exclusion', Children's Geographies, vol. 17, pp. 76 - 89, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2018.1487031
    Journal articles | 2018
    Skattebol J; Newell M, 2018, 'Gayby Baby – From the politics of representation to the politics of care', Health Education Journal, vol. 77, pp. 720 - 731, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0017896918759569
    Journal articles | 2017
    Skattebol J, 2017, ''Stories from beyond': Understanding the lifeworlds of young people', Queensland Review, vol. 24, pp. 129 - 146, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/qre.2017.16
    Journal articles | 2017
    Skattebol J; Redmond G; Zizzo G, 2017, 'Expanding Children's Agency: Cases of Young People Experiencing Economic Adversity', Children and Society, vol. 31, pp. 315 - 329, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/chso.12224
    Journal articles | 2016
    Skattebol J; Adamson E; Woodrow C, 2016, 'Revisioning professionalism from the periphery', Early Years, vol. 36, pp. 116 - 131, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09575146.2015.1121975
    Journal articles | 2015
    Skattebol J, 2015, 'Cracking with affect: relationality in young people’s movements in and out of mainstream schooling', Critical Studies in Education, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17508487.2015.1096803
    Journal articles | 2015
    Skattebol J, 2015, 'Taking advantage of early childhood education and care: the priorities of low-income families in their children’s early years', Families, Relationships and Societies, vol. 5, pp. 109 - 125, http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204674315X14281323075723
    Journal articles | 2014
    Skattebol J; Arthur LM, 2014, 'Collaborative practitioner research: opening a third space for local knowledge production', Asia Pacific Journal of Education, vol. 34, pp. 351 - 365, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02188791.2013.871690
    Journal articles | 2014
    Skattebol J; Redmond G, 2014, 'Filling in the details – significant events and economic disadvantage among young people in Australia.', Zeitschrift für Pädagogik, vol. 60, pp. 552 - 567
    Journal articles | 2011
    Skattebol J, 2011, '"When the money's low": economic participation among disadvantaged young Australians', Children and Youth Services Review, vol. Vol 33., pp. 528 - 533, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2010.05.007
    Journal articles | 2010
    Skattebol J, 2010, 'Affect: a tool to support pedagogical change.', Discourse. Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, vol. 31, pp. 75 - 91, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01596300903465435
    Journal articles | 2008
    Skattebol J, 2008, 'Research on and with Children and Young People at the SPRC', SPRC newsletter, vol. 100, pp. 8 - 9
    Journal articles | 2008
    Skattebol J; Griffiths MJ, 2008, 'Making a Difference: Young People’s Perspectives of Economic Adversity', ACWA News, vol. Oct/Nov, pp. 6
    Journal articles | 2007
    Press F; Skattebol J, 2007, 'Early childhood activism, minor politics and resuscitating vision: a tentative foray into the use of ‘intersections’ to influence early childhood policy', Contemporary Issues In Early Childhood, vol. 8, pp. 180 - 191, http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/ciec.2007.8.3.180
    Journal articles | 2007
    Skattebol J, 2007, 'Through their mother’s eyes: the impact of heteronormative paradigms in child care on lesbian- and gay- headed families', International Journal of Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood (IJEIEC), vol. 5, pp. 47 - 63
    Journal articles | 2007
    Skattebol J; Ferfolja T, 2007, 'Voices from an enclave: Lesbian mothers’ experiences of child care', Australian Journal of Early Childhood, vol. 32, pp. 10 - 18
    Journal articles | 2006
    Skattebol J, 2006, 'Playing boys: Identity and Belonging in the EarlyYears', Gender and Education, vol. 18, pp. 507 - 522, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540250600881667
    Journal articles | 2005
    Skattebol J, 2005, 'Insider/Outsider Belongings. Traversing the borders of whiteness in early childhood', Contemporary Issues In Early Childhood, vol. 6, pp. 189 - 203
    Journal articles | 2003
    Skattebol J, 2003, 'Dark, Dark and Darker: Children’s negotiations of identity', Contemporary Issues In Early Childhood, vol. 4, pp. 149 - 166
  • Working Papers | 2009
    Adamson E; Skattebol J; valentine K; Brennan DJ; Katz I; Helyar S; Woodruff J; Bevan K, 2009, Because children and families matter: Delivering on the National Reform Agenda,, UnitingCare Australia, Canberra., http://dx.doi.org
  • Reports | 2021
    Skattebol J; Blaxland M; Adamson E, 2021, The Five Aspects of Effective Engagement in Early Childhood Education: Approachability, Acceptability, Availability, Affordability, Appropriateness, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5fa0c6861b8af
    Reports | 2020
    Skattebol J; Hamilton M; Thomson C; Blaxland M; MacAndrew S, 2020, Housing: Stories of resourcefulness, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5e5496d176054
    Reports | 2020
    Skattebol J; Hamilton M; Thomson C; Blaxland M; valentine K; MacAndrew S, 2020, Aftercare: Stories of resourcefulness, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5e5495e950acc
    Reports | 2020
    Skattebol J; Hamilton M; Thomson C; Blaxland M; valentine K; MacAndrew S, 2020, Education: Stories of resourcefulness, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5e5496264ccdd, https://www.unsworks.unsw.edu.au/primo-explore/fulldisplay?docid=unsworks_modsunsworks_62281&context=L&vid=UNSWORKS&lang=en_US&tab=default_tab&query=any,contains,Young%20Carers%20Cass%20Hill%20Hamilton&offset=0
    Reports | 2020
    Thomson C; Blaxland M; Skattebol J; Hamilton M; valentine K, 2020, Stories of housing and home: A snapshot from the Stories of Resourcing and Resourcefulness project, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5e57337b739e0
    Reports | 2019
    Baxter J; Bray R; Carroll M; Hand K; Gray M; Katz I; Skattebol J; Blaxland M, 2019, Child Care Package Evaluation: Early monitoring report.
    Reports | 2019
    Blaxland M; Skattebol J; Thomson C; Hamilton M; valentine K, 2019, Stories of educational engagement among young people with complex needs: A snapshot from the Stories of Resourcing and Resourcefulness project, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5dba2942b3cbe
    Reports | 2019
    Skattebol J; Blunden H, 2019, Evaluation of the Youth Advocate Program, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney
    Reports | 2019
    Skattebol J; Hamilton M; Thomson C; Blaxland M; valentine K, 2019, Stories of aftercare services and support needs after leaving care: A snapshot from the Stories of Resourcing and Resourcefulness project, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, SPRC Report 11/19, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5ce5ed1459df0
    Reports | 2018
    Bedford M; Skattebol J; Newton BJ; Milligan V, 2018, Improving Educational Outcomes for Young People in Social Housing: Strive Scholarships - Final Report, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5bd63d0901395
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    Newman CE; Skattebol J; Townley C; Eaton A, 2018, 'Panel discussion: Expanding the story of ‘rainbow families’', presented at Pride of place: Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Mardi Gras, University of Sydney, 25 June 2018 - 26 June 2018
    Reports | 2016
    Redmond G; Skattebol J; Saunders PG; Leitz P; Zizzo G, 2016, Australian Child Wellbeing Project Final Report
    Reports | 2015
    Skattebol J; Hill T; Griffiths A; Wong M, 2015, Unpacking Youth Unemployment: Final report, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Report 15/2015, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Unpacking_Youth_Unemployment__Final_report.pdf
    Reports | 2014
    Cassells R; Cortis N; Duncan A; Eastman C; Gao G; Giuntoli G; Katz I; Keegan M; Macvean M; Mavisakalyan A; Shlonsky A; Skattebol J; Smyth C; valentine K, 2014, Keep Them Safe Outcomes Evaluation: Final Report, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Sydney
    Reports | 2014
    Jenkins BL; Blaxland M; Adamson E; Brennan D; Purcal C; Skattebol J, 2014, Insights into child care and early education: Dandenong and surrounds, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Report Series, 5/2014, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Insights_into_child_care_and_early_education__Dandenong.pdf
    Reports | 2014
    Skattebol J; Blaxland M; Brennan D; Adamson E; Purcal C; Hill T; Jenkins B; Williams F, 2014, Families at the Centre: What do low income families say about care and education for their young children?, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Report Series, SPRC 28/14, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/2014_Families_at_the_Centre__What_do_low_income_families_say.pdf
    Reports | 2013
    Adamson E; Brennan D; Blaxland M; Jenkins BL; Purcal C; Skattebol J, 2013, Insights into early child care and education: Elizabeth Grove, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Insights_into_child_care_and_early_education__ElizabethGrove.pdf
    Reports | 2013
    Jenkins BL; Adamson E; Blaxland M; Brennan D; Purcal C; Skattebol J, 2013, Insights into child care and early education: Fitzroy, 23/2013, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Insights_into_child_care_and_early_education__Fitzroy.pdf
    Reports | 2013
    Nethery D; Skattebol J, 2013, Evaluation of the Youth Housing and Rehabilitation Service (YHARS), After Care and Supervised Community Accommodation Initiatives, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney
    Reports | 2013
    Purcal C; Adamson E; Blaxland M; Brennan D; Jenkins BL; Skattebol J, 2013, Insights into child care and early education: Marrickville, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, 24/2013, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Insights_into_child_care_and_early_education__Marrickville.pdf
    Reports | 2013
    Purcal C; Adamson E; Brennan D; Blaxland M; Jenkins BL; Skattebol J, 2013, Insights into child care and early education: Caboolture, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Report Series, 21/2013, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Insights_into_child_care_and_early_education__Caboolture.pdf
    Reports | 2013
    Skattebol J; Hamilton M; Skrzyiec G; Burnstock T; Redmond G; Jenkins B; Dodd K, 2013, Understanding Children’s Perspectives on Wellbeing. The Australian Child Wellbeing Project: Phase One Report,
    Reports | 2012
    Skattebol J; Flaxman S; Bedford M, 2012, Body Image, Australian Government, Canberra, http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.16361.83044
    Reports | 2012
    Skattebol J; Saunders PG; Cass B; Redmond G; Bedford M, 2012, Making a difference: building on young people’s experiences of economic adversity (final report), 6/2012
    Conference Presentations | 2010
    Helyar S; valentine K; Skattebol J; Adamson E; Brennan DJ; Bevan K; Woodruff J, 2010, 'Because children and families matter: delivering on the national reform agenda', presented at 11th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, 07 July 2010 - 09 July 2010
    Conference Presentations | 2010
    Skattebol J; Blaxland M; Brennan DJ; Purcal C, 2010, 'Progressive policies? Australian early childhood policy and low income families', presented at Mapping Families – Practices and Concepts of Children, Parents and Professionals, Bielefeld, Germany
    Conference Presentations | 2009
    Skattebol J; Blaxland M; Purcal C; Brennan D, 2009, 'Integrated services: voices and silences from Australian history', presented at NIFeTY, Melbourne
    Conference Presentations | 2009
    Skattebol J; Evans J, 2009, 'Workforce Issues in Integrated Early Childhood Services. Getting it together for Australia’s Children. What Role for Child and Family Centres?', presented at NIFeTY/ CCCH conference, Melbourne, Australia, 15 February 2009 - 16 February 2009
    Reports | 2008
    Skattebol J, 2008, Integrated child and family services. Workforce development issues, Creswick Foundation, Melbourne, Report for Creswick Foundation in family relationships and child development, September 2008
    Conference Presentations | 2008
    Skattebol J; Arthur L, 2008, 'Supporting Activist Leadership through Practitioner Research', presented at Early Childhood Australia Biennial Conference, Canberra
    Reports | 2007
    Dockett S; Perry B; Mason T; Simpson T; Howard P; Whitton D; Gilbert S; Pearce S; Sanagavarapu P; Skattebol J; Woodrow C, 2007, Successful transition programs from prior-to-school to school for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, Ministerial Council on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs, Victoria, Australia, Final Report submitted to the Project Reference Group, Final Report
    Conference Presentations | 2006
    Newman L; Woodrow C; Skattebol J; Arthur L; Dwyer J, 2006, 'Powerful Partnerships: Students and Teachers Learning in Communities of Practice', presented at AARE 2006
    Conference Presentations | 2006
    Skattebol J, 2006, 'Situated belongings: practices of identity and social participation in an Australian early childhood space', presented at Childhood and Youth: Choice and Participation, University of Sheffield, 04 July 2006 - 06 July 2006
    Conference Presentations | 2005
    Gilbert S; Woodrow C; Perry B; Dockett S; Skattebol J; Mason T; Howard P, 2005, 'Successful transition programs from prior-to-school to school for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children: Methodological considerations', presented at AARE 2005, Parramatta, Sydney
    Conference Presentations | 2005
    Gilbert S; Woodrow C; Perry B; Dockett S; Skattebol J; Mason T; Howard P; Whitton D; Simpson T, 2005, 'Successful transition programs from prior-to-school to school for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children: Emerging Issues', presented at AARE 2005, Parramatta, Sydney
    Conference Presentations | 2005
    Skattebol J, 2005, 'The role of affect in critically reflective practice', presented at AARE 2005, Parramatta, Sydney
    Conference Presentations | 2004
    Dwyer J; Simpson S; Skattebol J, 2004, 'Children's voice in research', presented at Education and Social Action Conference, Centre for Popular Education. UTS, 07 December 2004 - 08 December 2004
    Conference Presentations | 2004
    Skattebol J, 2004, 'Working with 'whiteness' in early childhood', presented at Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference, University of Melbourne, 16 July 2004 - 19 July 2004
    Conference Presentations | 2003
    Skattebol J, 2003, 'Playing with Boys', presented at UWS postgraduate conference, UWS

ARC Linkage grant (LP180100142) Engagement in early childhood education in the context of disadvantage.

September 2019-September 2022

with Dr Megan Blaxland, Dr BJ Newton, Dr Marianne Fenech, Ass Prof Christine Woodrow, Prof Frances Press, Ms Penelope Markham; Dr Sandra Cheeseman. 

Industry Partners:  KU children's services; Family Day Care Australia; Early Childhood Australia; Goodstart Early Learning, Creche and Kindergarten Association Queensland.

This research responds to enduring inequalities in children’s participation in high quality early childhood education and care (ECEC). Contemporary families face precarious labour markets and a childcare system with stringent workforce participation requirements.  This project will illuminate the affordances of everyday life for families most challenged by these emergent conditions and develop understandings of how to calibrate services accordingly. Findings will support universal ECEC access through knowledge translation about contemporary disadvantage to policy and practice forums.  A strong Indigenous component contributes to researcher training and knowledge about effective practice for Indigenous children and their families.

ARC Discovery Program: Social Exclusion in Adolescence.

with Prof Gerry Redmond (lead CI); Professor Fiona Brooks; Prof Colin Macdougal, Ass. Prof Pammi Raghavendra; Ass Prof Gill Main

March 2019-March 2022 

This project aims to investigate social exclusion among young people (aged 8-17) – the risks of exclusion they face, the assets mobilised to support their inclusion, their lived experiences in the context of these risks and
assets, and outcomes that matter for their overall life chances. Applying a social exclusion framework to existing cross-sectional and longitudinal survey data, and informed by in-depth qualitative research with young people, the
project will investigate which risks, assets and experiences are most closely related to outcomes, and how these vary age and gender. The project will provide a new understanding of the relationship between social exclusion
and outcomes in adolescence, and entry points for policy intervention.


Gonski Institute or Education: Equitable Access to High Quality Early Childhood Education

July 2019-Dec 2019

with Dr Megan Blaxland, Dr Elizabeth Adamson

Industry Partners: Early Learning and Care Council of Australia; The Front Project; Early Childhood Australia; KU Children's Services.  

The Council of Australian Government 2008 plan to ensure all children have access to 15 hours of preschool in the year before school has seen increasing numbers of children utilising Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services. However, there remains a persistent minority of children who still do not access ECEC. These children are likely to live in disadvantaged contexts and have the most to gain from ECEC. The Australian Early Development Census shows that nearly 40% percent of Indigenous children and 35 percent of children living in low-income areas (Q1 and Q2 on the SEIFA index of disadvantage) do not attend ECEC (O’Connor, 2016) and do not accrue the advantages that a high quality ECEC experience offers. Furthermore, they are more likely to live in areas where there is little high quality ECEC provided in both regional and urban areas. This project will coalesce the evidence on the barriers to ECEC take-up, identify communities where there are better than expected (‘off-diagonal’) patterns of service use among families who share the characteristics of families who do not use ECEC services, generate evidence on effective ECEC initiatives in different contexts of local area disadvantage.


Gonski Institute or Education: What does sucess mean for Aboriginal children in NSW preschools?

July 2019-July 2020

with Dr Megan Blaxland (lead CI) and Wendy Jopson

High quality early education has been identified by SNAICC (2019) as a key strategy for ensuring equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are helped by their family and communities to start school through strong family support, strong cultural identity, good health and a positive self-identity. But the desire of Indigenous families for their children to be well-engaged and well-supported in school and learning is not always successfully met by the educational institutions, including preschools, that children attend. This project will adopt a strengths-based, co-design research model, in which research plans and methods are developed collaboratively with participating communities. With a view to co-designing a proposal for research on what success looks like for Aboriginal communities and families, this project will undertake scoping and relationship building as the foundation for future research.

Industry Partners: Cages Foundation



Dr Skattebol has been a member of the UNSW Human Research Ethics Committee.

Jennifer is also a regular reviewer for academic journals including Discourse: Cultural Studies in the politics of Education; Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, Australian Educational Researcher, Qualitative Studies in Education, Child Indicators Research.

Dr Skattebol is a company director of KU Children's Services.

My Teaching

HDR Supervision
Jen Skattebol welcomes enquires from prospective Higher Research Candidates interested in children and young people’s experiences, families with young children, services for low income and/or culturally diverse communities, practitioner or participatory research methods.

Dr Skattebol is currently supervising Inara Walden, Jan Idle and Kabir Islam