Senior Research Fellow & Head of 'FIVE from FIVE' Literacy Project
Expertise: Schools policy, school funding, school choice, literacy, NAPLAN, teacher quality
Jennifer’s main area of work is school education, and she has published papers on school choice, school funding, literacy, international assessments (including PISA), NAPLAN and My School, religious schools, boys’ education, teacher training and employment, class size, and educational disadvantage.
She currently heading up the CIS FIVE from FIVE Literacy Project which has the aim to have effective reading taught in every classroom, every day.
She is the author of the numerous reports including Free to Choose Charter Schools: How charter and for-profit schools can boost public education (2015), School Funding on a Budget (2014),Why Jaydon Can’t Read (2014), Religious Schools in Australia (2010), Schools of Thought: A Collection of Articles on Education (2009), Families, Freedom and Education (2001) and Boy Troubles (2000), among others.
Jennifer has also written about child care, female labour force participation, and NSW trains. Jennifer’s doctoral research was on literacy and social disadvantage.
Jennifer has been at the forefront of debate on education matters for more than a decade, with hundreds of articles in major newspapers and regular radio appearances. Her future work at CIS will continue to focus on school choice and funding, accountability for student performance, and effective instruction.
For more information about FIVE from FIVE, visit the website at www.fivefromfive.org.au.
What the Gonski 2 Review got wrong 17 June 2018 | PP6The Gonski 2 Review into Australian schools failed to fulfill its terms of reference to examine the evidence regarding the most effective teaching and learning strategies, and to provide advice on how the extra federal government funding for schools should…READ MORE
Media & Commentary
Phonics science vs the ‘feels’ 03 August 2018 | Ideas@TheCentreThe phonics debate co-hosted by the Centre for Independent Studies and the Australian College of Educators was supposed to be about the best way to teach phonics. It is a given that numerous other factors contribute to reading success, including…read more
Chaney nails the future of non-government school funding 10 July 2018 | The AustralianAnother week, another education report. The first report from the National School Resourcing Board chaired by Michael Chaney is not a visionary narrative-shifter. It is a blessedly clear and explicit set of recommendations about improving the way non-government schools in…read more
The fight for phonics in early years reading 10 July 2018 | ResearchEDThere is extensive research on how children learn to read and how best to teach them. One of the most consistent findings from methodologically-sound scientific research is that learning to decode words using phonics is an essential element of early…read more
New CIS research: What the Gonski 2 review got wrong 17 June 2018 | MEDIA RELEASEThe ‘Gonski 2.0 report’ recommendations are not supported by rigorous evidence and face significant implementation difficulties, according to a new paper by Centre for Independent Studies researchers Dr Jennifer Buckingham and Blaise Joseph. The Turnbull government has accepted in principle…read more
Review needed urgently of L3 literacy program 01 June 2018 | Ideas@TheCentreL3 is used in hundreds of schools across NSW and is a core component of the NSW Department of Education’s Early Action for Success strategy. L3 is supposed to provide early literacy intervention for all students including the most disadvantaged…read more
Focus on Phonics: Why Australia should adopt the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check 24 November 2016 | RR22A simple, five-minute Phonics Screening Check could identify at an early stage all of Australia’s school children who are at serious risk of struggling with reading skills. Among English speaking countries, Australia has one of the largest proportions of children who do not achieve minimum standards in literacy by Year…READ MORE
Productivity Commission Inquiry into the National Education Evidence Base: Submission in response to the draft report 01 May 2016 | CIS SubmissionThe Review of Education Evidence (Draft Report)—the ‘Draft Report’—provides a useful, up-to-date overview of the types of data collected about the educational progress and outcomes of Australian children and students. It makes salient points about the quality and accessibility of research and data.READ MORE
Read about it: Scientific evidence for effective teaching of reading 07 March 2016 | Research Report 11How children learn to read is one of the most studied aspects of education. There is a large and rigorous body of scientific evidence identifying the key elements of high quality reading instruction. The research literature also unequivocally shows that explicit instruction methods are the most effective way of teaching…READ MORE
One School Does Not Fit All 31 January 2016 | Research Report 9Australia has a relatively large degree of choice between schools, a product of historical private and non-profit sector involvement in the provision of schooling after British colonisation. Analysis of school funding data in this report shows that there are more similarities in how schools are funded than differences. This report…READ MORE
Free to Choose Charter Schools: How charter and for-profit schools can boost public education 31 August 2015 | Research Report 6Charter schools and free schools – publicly-funded, privately-managed schools – have been introduced in several countries around the world as a way of extending school choice, particularly for low income families. This report examines the policies and research on charter schools and their equivalents in five countries –USA, Sweden, Chile,…READ MORE