Guestbook


Anna Jarrett 

Thank you Aunty Jacqueline for being a model feminist and a different voice for me to hear in the family. You understood my way of thinking & in your calm, knowing way, encouraged me. I’ve loved all our social political chats over the years. I’ll miss you and think of you whenever I’m doing my storytelling and outdoors work with children & families. X Anna

June 30, 2014 - 4:09 PM

Michael Bittman 

I think Jacqui was officially ‘retired’ when we first met but I was impressed by the freshness and adventurous intellectual breath she brought to topics we discovered that we were both interested in investigating. We had both published something on the domestic division of labour over the life course. Housework is the ‘underbelly’ of labour, and is rarely deemed as worth of ‘measurement’ or research and, these days, is mostly unpaid labour.. In contrast, paid work is regarded by our lawmakers as the most legitimate of activities and a solution to many social ills. Trying to do reputable research in this field required more than sceintific curiosity, it demanded integrity and courage . Later I drifted more deeply intp the world of child development and began to appreciate Jacqui’s formidable influence on Australian and, indeed, world psychology. I will long remember Jacqui’s willingness to share her accumulated knowledge and to introduce me to appropriate specialists. She was a true member of the ‘community of scholars’ and a great human.

June 30, 2014 - 2:24 PM

Don Aitkin 

Jackie and I were appointed to Macquarie University at much the same time, and our acquaintance grew there and in the Academy of Social Sciences to which we were both elected, again at much the same time. A lovely person, with a sweet manner and an incisive mind, she always improved the moment when we met. Indeed, I looked forward to Academy meetings in part to see old friends like her. I saw her last at such a meeting, and she seemed physically much as she always had done. I can think of few academic leaders who have been as universally respected as Jackie, both for her person and for her work. My respects and condolences to her family.

June 30, 2014 - 1:51 PM

Leon Kuczynski 

Although our face to face contacts have been sporadic, Jacqueline’s influence on me has been profound at many levels.
I have been influenced by her writings and all my students have read her chapters. Her writings always were always rewarding and frequently offered an original new way of thinking about the nature of families and family dynamics. Recently, I have written quite a bit about her concept of leeway as a tool for understanding how children’s influence is afforded by the parent-child relationship.

More importantly, Jacqueline’s influence is so pervasive that my mind frequently goes to memories of my first and most important sabbatical with my family in Australia in 1992 which included several months at Jaqueline’s home on Iluka Road in Mosman when she was away.

I still make tea the way Jacqueline showed me in her office, I was introduced to pressed coffee, I still make BBQ tuna, rare, as she demonstrated on our first day at her cottage. I still buy cheap wine glasses in bulk. Our home is filled with paintings, including the three aboriginal works that we bought inspired by the paintings on Jacqueline’s walls.

Stories of our adventures with Jacqueline often come up for Barbara and me and our two daughters, Eva and Lizzie who were young children then. These are all now habits and integrated into everyday life.

Another influence came from just living in Jacqueline’s home among the books on her shelves and the Jacqueline-esque aesthetic and intellectual atmosphere of the place. It was there that I resolved to try theoretical writing and developed the courage to think new things beyond the mainstream.

My thoughts are with her now and will reoccur in the future as they often have been in the past.

June 30, 2014 - 2:02 AM

Millicent Poole 

Jacqueline was colleague,friend and mentor and I was fortunate to have her support personally, professionally and politically.. Many of our conversations were thinking out loud protocols and I have rarely interacted with a more lucid, probing, and interesting mind. She opened doors for me and coached me through my dangerous hours.. She introduced me to Kangaroo Valley and indigenous art. During a petrol shortage period in Sydney we car-pooled and this was a delightful opportunity to range beyond cognition and departmental politics, the ARC,, and government funding. Jacqueline I owe you so much professionally and personally and I thank you on both accounts.. The marvel is that you gave so much to so many and that while you are most known for cognition you were a feminist of the best kind who gently pointed out that the distribution of housework needed looking at and that some very smart women can have it all – marriage, family, overseas placements, international reputation,warm friendships and collegiality .

June 29, 2014 - 6:25 PM

Joan Grusec and Bob Lockhart 

Jackie was both a valued friend and a valued professional colleague. Our times together began in the early ‘80s when Bob Lockhart and I spent a sabbatical year at Macquarie. Jackie and (her) Bob were generous and warm hosts that year, and Jackie and I began what became a series of research and theoretical collaborations. For Bob and me, visiting with Jackie was one of the highlights of our several trips to Australia over the years. We touched base with Jackie in New York and Toronto as well, and I always looked forward to dinner with her at SRCD. Our last visit was in March of 2013 where Jackie was slowing down (physically) just a bit—now there was a motorized chair lift to take her from the street to her house. Work was going on at its usual rapid pace, however, and she was presently finishing a chapter for the Carmichael Handbook. We sat on the terrace talking and taking in the view and then it was off to yet another great restaurant in Mosman. This was also our first opportunity to meet Kate and family, although we had heard so many good things about Jackie’s children and grandchildren in the past several decades that we felt we already knew them well.
Jackie had the sharpest mind, a clever way of formulating issues, and a wonderful memory for all kinds of information. She was widely read and full of novel ideas and approaches, and I learned so much from her. She was a great mentor to her students and to young faculty—a truly caring and generous person. Her major contributions to the field of psychology have, of course, been recognized over the years with the awards she has won and the honors she has received.

June 29, 2014 - 7:34 AM

Graham Cooper 

I met Mrs Goodnow as Chris’s and Mei Mei’s Mum, during my later years in high school.

She was quiet, polite, welcoming and at least a little enquiring of how one was doing. As I remember things, she often had a faint wry smile…as though she was thinking about something…which ends up, she probably was.

I also knew Mrs Goodnow as exceptionally tolerant. There were times when the top part of the house had been turned into a surfboard shaping/ fibre-glassing bay generating lots of foam dust and resin fumes. The bottom of the house had been turned into a make-shift board storage and show room. At times of peak production there may have been up to 20 surfboards in various stages of development tucked away in different parts of the residence. No problem.

A few years later, as a university student, I came to study maths and science…and a bit of psychology. As time went on I became increasingly involved in psychology, and the processes by which people come to learn…maths and science…as social beings, deploying their cognitive processing skill(s), while working through their various stages of cognitive development.

I made a few presentations at Psychological and Educational conferences about various aspects of cognitive models of learning. At times Mrs Goodnow attended my presentations, and while some attending would smile politely and seemingly evaporate quickly, she made a point of chatting afterwards, saying things that were nicer than I deserved, and always encouraging.

Years later…years after my PhD even…while doing background readings in various aspects of cognitive psychology, I realised that there was a particular early reference, that predated my birth, that was consistently popping up across a very wide net-throw of aspects of cognitive psychology, cognitive development, cognitive learning models, social interactions and the social context of learning.

I had always known, in broad terms, of Mrs Goodnows’ professional interest in psychology….but essentially had no idea of her prominence in it. Mrs Goodnow, as Professor Goodnow, was part of the earliest serious challenges to purely behavioral approaches to learning, and offered a coherent account of human cognitive processing as an alternative.

I had not the faintest inkling for a long time of the significant contributions that she had made to the acquisition of new knowledge, and specifically cognitive learning contexts and models, which I now understand that she held as so important and stayed so involved with…even in (or perhaps especially in) her later years.

Due to the quirkiness of chance, I had the good fortune to experience aspects of both her private life and professional life. Her demeanor, softly spoken manner, …and slightly wry smile, were consistent across these.

Mrs Goodnow has, from my experiences, spoken quietly, and achieved much, both privately and professionally.

Nice lady, who made a positive difference.

June 28, 2014 - 11:59 PM

Jenny Thwaites 

A thing of beauty is a joy forever
Its loveliness increases;it will never
Pass into nothingness;but still will keep
A bower quiet for us;and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams and health and quiet breathing.

An extract from ‘A Thing Of Beauty’(Endymion)
By John Keats (1795-1821)

June 28, 2014 - 10:24 AM

George Kearney 

Jacqueline was truly remarkable psychologist. her contributions were outstanding and contributed to the development of Australian and international psychology and social science generally.
Her scholarship and generous leadership have honed the direction of modern psychological theory and practice.
We shall all miss this magnificent friend and great psychologist.

June 27, 2014 - 5:58 PM

Jenny Thwaites 

A POEM ABOUT AUNTY JACQUILINE..by Jen Thwaites
Tis with a humbled beginning that these Jarretts began,
a greatness grew and a greatness sang.
Six children blessed from parent two,came a tribe of brillance,through Bondi Junctions hew.
Frank ,Jacquiline,Mary,John,Judy,Jim
a clan unique,so close within,
an indepdance in each one,there to see,
in this Jarrett clan,near Bondi sea
Each path was paved in destiny,each life was Gods great plan,siblings close yet from distance far,they florished in their land.
Jacquiline left earlier, on a scholarship overseas
a big move for such a young girl as she,
but this girl had a focused plan,and that was to head out into a great big land.
She headed off to America,and left her clan behind,
to study in psychology,and delve inside the mind.
There she met Bob, a tall and elegant man
they married eachother,and two children became ‘their’ clan.
I’m not sure of the year that she bought her family back
so her kids could meet us all,but with a thousand feral cousins,they were about to have a ball!!
As elegant a woman,as pure a soul is pure,Jacquiline was Dignity… ‘THAT we knew for sure’.!!!
Her last moments were with family,and as Jacquiline was she,chose to not lye in a hospital bed,
and God forbid- feel sorry for thee.
So within the warmness of her home
within the comfort of her clan
my Aunty Jacquiline passed away peacefully,
with her family ,hand in hand.

I love and will miss you beautiful lady.I am so blessed that I had the ultimate honour in being your neice (oh and thankyou for that too mum).
Love to Chris and Mei Mei and to all Jacquilines special grandchildren.You are one very lucky family to have had one of lifes miracles in and of humanity. The world is a better place for your stay.
Love you forever
Jen Thwaites(Daugher of one of Jacquilines sisters ,another special miracle my mum,Mary Thwaites)
Love and will forever
Jen Thwaites XXXOOO

June 27, 2014 - 5:10 PM