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 various 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 teaching 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 Program concurrently for four years. Her excellent teaching has been recognized with awards in 2007, 2008, and 2010.
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 from time to time. Additionally, she contributes to the professional development of teachers in schools. She has designed and taught customized in-service courses on topics such as writing learning outcomes, narrative writing, assessment, and school reading programs. She has also 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 language in education, children’s reading and texts, teacher education, English language and literature pedagogy and the school curriculum in multilingual and multicultural contexts. Through her PhD study, she has developed interests in the sociology of childhood and families, 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 researching the experiences of children learning English and mathematics in the primary school and elsewhere.