Dr Sally Ann Jones is a Senior Lecturer. She is a former teacher of English language and literature and has taught in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Kenya, and Singapore. Her teaching experience encompasses all age groups in primary and secondary schools as well as those in multicultural support centers and universities.
Dr Jones joined NIE in 2002. Here, she leads and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in curriculum and academic studies in English language, literature, as well as multicultural education. Dr Jones led the BA/BSc Ed Curriculum Studies Programme Section for ten years, ensuring its relevance and coherence as a means of teacher education and preparation for the primary school. She led the part-time BEd Pedagogic Content Knowledge Programme concurrently for four years.
Dr Jones’ expertise is regularly drawn on by the education community. She consults with the Ministry of Education, being a member of English language and literature syllabi and pedagogy committees. Additionally, she contributes to the professional development of teachers in schools. She has designed and taught customized in-service courses on topics such as narrative writing, assessment, and school reading programmes. Recently, Dr Jones has worked closely with the Singapore Academy of Teachers to provide a specialist course in teaching English in the lower primary.
Dr Jones’ varied research interests center on children’s reading and texts, teacher education, English pedagogy and the school curriculum in multilingual and multicultural contexts, as well as the sociology of childhood, including how children and their families experience education. She supervises student research projects, both theoretical and practical. Recent topics have been classroom interaction, reading motivation, and critical analyses of picture books and series books for girls. Her work has been published in Education 3-13, the RELC Journal, Changing English and the TESOL Journal.
Presently the Principal Investigator of two funded research projects, Dr Jones is examining how children in the primary school learn the language and concepts of mathematics in school and elsewhere.