Dr Jung-Sook Lee
Senior Lecturer

Dr Jung-Sook Lee

PhD & MSW, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

MEd & BA, Seoul National University, South Korea

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Social Sciences

Jung-Sook Lee is a senior lecturer at UNSW Sydney. Her research focuses on breaking the cycle of intergenerational disadvantages. She worked in the education and social work sectors for seven years before she returned to academia. She authored a much-cited article, 'Parent involvement, cultural capital, and the achievement gap among elementary school children (Lee & Bowen 2006)’. She also authored manuscripts regarding multicultural practice, out-of-home care, child poverty, school social work, student engagement, and higher education. She is a CI of 2 ARC funded projects. Her expertise is well recognised as evidenced by her appearance on TES Magazine and The Australian.

Phone
+61 (2) 9065 1271
Location
140 Morven Brown
  • Book Chapters | 2022
    Besch TM; Lee J-S, 2022, 'Toleration, Reasonableness, and Power', in Sardoč M (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Toleration, Springer International Publishing, pp. 397 - 417, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-42121-2_22
    Book Chapters | 2021
    Fernandez E; Lee J-S; McNamara P, 2021, 'Lived experience of Australian Indigenous care leavers: Narratives of trauma, resilience, and survival', in Protecting Children Theoretical and Practical Aspects, Canadian Scholars’ Press, Toronto, pp. 146 - 168, https://www.canadianscholars.ca/books/protecting-children
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Lee J-S; Fernandez E, 2019, 'Critical multicultural practice with ethnic minority children and their families', in Nipperess S; Williams C (ed.), Critical Multicultural Practice in Social Work: New perspectives and practices, Allen & Unwin, Australia, pp. 240 - 256, https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/academic-professional/social-work/Critical-Multicultural-Practice-in-Social-Work-Edited-by-Sharlene-Nipperess-and-Charlotte-Williams-9781760297831
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Fernandez E; Lee JS, 2017, 'Experiences and Outcomes of Adults Who Endured Maltreatment as Children in Care in Australia in the Twentieth Century', in Rus A; Parris S; Stativa E (ed.), Child Maltreatment in Residential Care : History, Research, and Current Practice, Springer, pp. 419 - 460, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57990-0_20
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Baker S; Field C; Lee JS; Saintilan N, 2021, 'Supporting students’ academic literacies in post-covid-19 times: Developing digital videos to develop students’ critical academic reading practices', Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, vol. 18, https://ro.uow.edu.au/jutlp/vol18/iss4/5/
    Journal articles | 2021
    Karan P; Lee JS; Hugman R, 2021, 'Combatting Gender Oppression: Applying Intersectionality in Microfinance Self-help Groups', European Journal of Development Research, vol. 33, pp. 1649 - 1665, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/s41287-020-00309-5
    Journal articles | 2020
    Lee JS; Besch TM, 2020, 'Critical reflection on toleration in social work', European Journal of Social Work, vol. 23, pp. 18 - 29, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2018.1499612
    Journal articles | 2019
    Poon AWC; Lee JS, 2019, 'Carers of People with Mental Illness from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities', Australian Social Work, vol. 72, pp. 312 - 324, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2019.1604300
    Journal articles | 2018
    Fernandez EA; Lee J-S; McNamara P, 2018, 'Uprooted from Everything that Attaches You:Long-Term Outcomes of Former Child Migrants in Care in the Twentieth Century in Australia', British Journal of Social Work, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcy070
    Journal articles | 2017
    Besch TM; Lee J-S, 2017, 'On toleration in social work', European Journal of Social Work, vol. 21, pp. 1 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2017.1286460
    Journal articles | 2017
    Fernandez E; Lee JS; Foote W; Blunden H; McNamara P; Kovacs S; Cornefert P-A, 2017, '‘There's More to be Done; “Sorry” is Just a Word’: Legacies of Out-of-Home Care in the 20th Century', Children Australia, vol. 42, pp. 176 - 176, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/cha.2017.29
    Journal articles | 2016
    Lee J-S; Bartolomei L; Pittaway E, 2016, 'Survey research with preliterate adult populations in post conflict situations using researcher-assisted self-completion questionnaires', International Journal of Social Research Methodology, vol. 19, pp. 717 - 730, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2015.1091236
    Journal articles | 2016
    Lee J-S; Lee K, 2016, 'Material hardships and social support among Australian families with children', Journal of Child and Family Studies, vol. 25, pp. 1539 - 1549, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10826-015-0327-z
    Journal articles | 2016
    Lee K; Lee J-S, 2016, 'Parental book reading and social-emotional outcomes for Head Start children in foster care', Social Work in Public Health, vol. 31, pp. 408 - 418, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19371918.2015.1137523
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dowse L; Cumming TM; Strnadová I; Lee JS; Trofimovs J, 2014, 'Young People with Complex Needs in the Criminal Justice System', Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, vol. 1, pp. 1 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23297018.2014.953671
    Journal articles | 2014
    Lee J-S, 2014, 'The attainability of university degrees and their labour market benefits for young Australians', Higher Education, vol. 68, pp. 449 - 469, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10734-014-9722-4
    Journal articles | 2014
    Lee JS, 2014, 'The relationship between student engagement and academic performance: Is it a myth or reality?', Journal of Educational Research, vol. 107, pp. 177 - 185, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220671.2013.807491
    Journal articles | 2013
    Fernandez EA; Lee J-S, 2013, 'Accomplishing family reunification for children in care: An Australian study', Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 35, pp. 1374 - 1384, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.05.006
    Journal articles | 2012
    Lee J-S, 2012, 'School social work in Australia', Australian Social Work, vol. 65, pp. 552 - 570, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2012.675343
    Journal articles | 2012
    Lee J-S, 2012, 'The effects of the teacher-student relationship and academic press on student engagement and academic performance', International Journal of Educational Research, vol. 53, pp. 330 - 340, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2012.04.006
    Journal articles | 2011
    Fernandez EA; Lee J-S, 2011, 'Returning children in care to their families: Factors associated with the speed of reunification', Child Indicators Research, vol. 4, pp. 749 - 765, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12187-011-9121-7
    Journal articles | 2011
    Fraser M; Lee J-S; Kupper L; Day S, 2011, 'A controlled trial of the Making Choices program: Six-month follow-up', Research on Social Work Practice, vol. 21, pp. 165 - 176, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049731510386626
    Journal articles | 2011
    Lee J-S, 2011, 'The effects of persistent poverty on children’s physical, socio-emotional, and learning outcomes', Child indicators research, vol. 4, pp. 725 - 747, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12187-011-9120-8
    Journal articles | 2008
    Grinstein-Weiss M; Lee J-S; Greeson J; Han C; Yeo Y; Irish K, 2008, 'Fostering Low-Income Homeownership through Individual Development Accounts: A Longitudinal, Randomized Experiment', Housing Policy Debate, vol. 19, pp. 711 - 739, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10511482.2008.9521653
    Journal articles | 2007
    Bowen N; Lee J-S; Weller B, 2007, 'Social environmental risk and protection: A typology with implications for practice in elementary schools', Children and schools, vol. 29, pp. 229 - 242, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cs/29.4.229
    Journal articles | 2006
    Lee J-S; Bowen N, 2006, 'Parent involvement, cultural capital, and the achievement gap in elementary school children', American Educational Research Journal, vol. 43, pp. 193 - 218, http://dx.doi.org/10.3102/00028312043002193
  • Working Papers | 2010
    Lee J, 2010, Returns from education: An occupational status approach, NCVER, Adelaide, SA, http://dx.doi.org, http://www.lsay.edu.au/publications/2314.html
  • Reports | 2022
    Fang Q; Fisher K; Poon A; Duong J; Lee J; Li B, 2022, Australian Chinese Disability Peer Support Groups in Sydney, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/jgx2-ms38
    Reports | 2020
    Lee J-S; Lee J; Preval A; Karan P, 2020, NSW adults’ beliefs and attitudes about educational equity
    Reports | 2018
    Fernandez E; Lee J-S; Mcnamara P, 2018, Understanding the experience and outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care during the Twentieth Century, Kensington: University of New South Wales, http://www.forgottenaustralians.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/uploads/Indigenour%20Report%20%202018.pdf
    Conference Papers | 2017
    Fernandez EA; Lee JS, 2017, 'Responding to the wellbeing of children in care and adult care leavers', in Children in a world of opportunities: Innovations in research, policy and practice, McGill University, Montreal Quebec Canada, pp. 59 - 59, presented at Children in a world of opportunities: Innovations in research, policy and practice 6th Conference of the Internatioanl Society for Child Indicators, Montreal Quebec Canada, 28 June 2017 - 30 June 2017
    Reports | 2016
    Fernandez E; Lee JS; Blunden HM; Mcnamara P; Kovacs S; Cornefert P-A, 2016, No Child Should Grow Up Like This: Identifying long term outcomes of Forgotten Australians, Child Migrants and the Stolen Generations, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, http://www.forgottenaustralians.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/uploads/UNSW_ForgottenAustralians_Report_Nov16.pdf
    Conference Papers | 2010
    Fernandez EA; Lee J, 2010, 'Returning home: A study of reunification outcomes for separated children', in Returning home: A study of reunification outcomes for separated children, 11th International Biennial EUSARF Conference, Groningen, Netherlands, presented at 11th International Biennial EUSARF Conference, Groningen, Netherlands, 22 September 2010 - 25 September 2010
    Conference Papers | 2010
    Lee J, 2010, 'An experience of conducting social science research using LSAY95', in An experience of conducting social science research using LSAY95, ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference 2010, University of Sydney, Australia, presented at ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference 2010, University of Sydney, Australia, http://conference.acspri.org.au/index.php/conf/2010/paper/view/137
    Conference Posters | 2009
    Fernandez EA; Lee J, 2009, 'Pathways to permanency: Reunification outcomes for children in foster care.', Victoria, presented at Well Being Research Showcase Program, UNSW, UNSW, 19 August 2009 - 20 August 2009
    Conference Papers | 2009
    Fernandez EA; Lee J, 2009, 'What does a multidimensional assessment of social and environmental indicators of risk tell us about the reunification outcomes for children in care?', in What does a multidimensional assessment of social and environmental indicators of risk tell us about the reunification outcomes for children in care?
    Conference Papers | 2009
    Guo S; Lee J, 2009, 'Optimal propensity score matching and its applications to social work evaluations and research', in Optimal propensity score matching and its applications to social work evaluations and research, 13th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, USA, presented at 13th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, USA, 15 January 2009 - 18 January 2009
    Conference Papers | 2009
    Lee J, 2009, 'The negative effects of persistent poverty on children’s physical, socio-emotional, and learning outcomes', in The negative effects of persistent poverty on children’s physical, socio-emotional, and learning outcomes, 2n LSAC (Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Research Conference, Melbourne, Australia, presented at 2n LSAC (Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Research Conference, Melbourne, Australia
    Conference Papers | 2008
    Foster K; Grimes C; Lee J; Putallaz M, 2008, 'The social world of gifted adolescents', in The social world of gifted adolescents, Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting, Chicago, USA, presented at Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting, Chicago, USA
    Conference Papers | 2008
    Grinstein-weiss ; Lee J; Irish KI; Han C; Greeson J, 2008, 'Fostering low-income homeownership: A Longitudinal randomized experiment on Individual Development Accounts', in Fostering low-income homeownership: A Longitudinal randomized experiment on Individual Development Accounts, 12th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington DC, USA, presented at 12th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington DC, USA
    Conference Papers | 2008
    Lee J, 2008, 'School socialization style, student engagement, and academic performance', in School socialization style, student engagement, and academic performance, 12th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington DC, USA, presented at 12th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington DC, USA

2015-2018 Australian Research Council Linkage Grant [LP150100528]. Lost in Transition: Young People with Complex Support Needs [Dowse, Mendes, Strnadova, Lee, Cumming, Snow, Smith, Ellem, Birt] $392,200

2013-2016 Australian Research Council Linkage Grant [LP130101010]. Long-term Outcomes of Forgotten Australian Study [Fernandez, Lee, Courtney, Stein, Foote, Cheers, Pocock, Gray, Walsh, Conroy] $240,000

2013-2015 The Children and Violence Evaluation Challenge Fund. Ubuntu Care: Evaluating a child-centered approach to reducing sexual violence against children with disabilities in Burundian society [Pittaway, Bartolomei, Lee] €89,408 equivalent to $96,621

LSAY Research Innovation and Expansion Fund Research Fellowship, National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Australia (2008-2009)

Spencer Fellowship in Education Policy Research, USA (2005-2007)

Fulbright Scholarship, USA (2003-2005)

Current Research Projects

  • Equity in Education: A project to investigate people’s beliefs and attitudes about equity in education. It examines various issues related to educational equity such as people’s perceptions of equity in the current school system, their understanding of the concept of equity in education, their normative beliefs about educational equity, and their preferences for educational practices and policy to achieve equity in education.
  • Social Work in Diverse Society: An interdisciplinary study to explore the issues of toleration, respect, recognition, and power in social work discourse.

Past Research Projects 

  • Lost in Transition - Young People with Complex Support Needs:  A project to understand the lives of young people with complex support needs who experience overlapping forms of disadvantage and frequent transitions between services, institutions and care environments (funded by the ARC).
  • The Long-term Outcomes of Forgotten Australians: A project to understand life experiences of 'care leavers' who have lived in all types of institutions and other forms of out-of-home-care as children (funded by the ARC).
  • An Evaluation Study of the Ubuntu Care Project: A study to evaluate a project that aimed to prevent sexual abuse among children with a disability in Burundi, Africa (funded by the Children and Violence Evaluation Challenge Fund).
  • Education and Life Chances of Young People: A project to explore the role of education in shaping young people’s life chances including employment, income, social participation, and wellbeing.
  • The Effects of Poverty on Children’s Outcomes: A project to investigate the effects of poverty on children’s physical, socio-emotional, learning, and health outcomes. The duration, timing, and depth of poverty are given special considerations.
  • Social Work Services in Australian Schools: A project to investigate the current situations of and possibilities for social work services in Australian schools.

Editorial Boards

  • Children and Youth Services Review (2022–present)
  • Social Science Studies (2012–2018)
  • Child Studies in Asia-Pacific Contexts (2013–2016)

Professional Memberships

  • The Australian Sociological Association (2021–present)
  • Australian Association for Research in Education (2021–present)
  • Society for Social Work and Research, U.S.A. (2007–2013)
  • National Association of Social Workers, U.S.A. (2008–2009)

Media engagement

My Research Supervision

Nirosha Boaden - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in rural and remote schools (the recipient of the Norma Parker Award)

Murni Sianturi - Technology and family-school partnerships for Indigenous students (Scientia PhD candidate)

MD Badiuzzaman - Technology and family-school partnerships for students with disabilities (Scientia PhD candidate)

Peter Conway - Restrictive practices within behaviour support plans for NDIS participants

My Teaching

Current teaching

  • SOCW1004 Lifespan, Health, and Resilience
  • SOCW2008 Culture, Identity, and Diversity
  • SRAP1001 Social Research and Society
  • SRAP5101 Research Methods and Project Design

Previous teaching

  • SOCW2001 Human Behaviour 2
  • SOCW2005 Research for Social Work
  • SOCW3007 Research Methods 2
  • SOCW3005 Research Honours
  • SRAP2002 Policy Analysis
  • SRAP3001 Quantitative Social Research
  • SRAP3002 Social Research and Policy Project