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Dr Sharon Jones

General Information

Teaching Responsibilities

BEd Education Studies

  • Year 1 An Introduction to Education Studies (Coordinator)
  • Year 2 Learning and Assessment in Diverse Classrooms
  • Year 3 Children with Special and Additional Needs
  • Year 4 Contemporary Approaches to the Teaching of Primary Languages (Coordinator)
  • Year 1 Literature and Social Context
  • Year 2 Literature and Social Context
  • Year 3 Literary Studies

Masters Education Studies

Doctoral Supervision (QUB)

International Student Exchange Coordinator

External Interests / Community Service

  • Executive Committee Member representing Northern Ireland University Council for Modern Languages (UCML)
  • Member of BERA British Curriculum Forum Steering Group
  • Member of Editorial Board The Curriculum Journal (Wiley)
  • Member of New Irish Arts

Research Interests

  • Literary studies
  • Linguistic diversity
  • Languages and pedagogy

Background & Qualifications

  • MA Modern and Medieval Languages, Girton College, University of Cambridge
  • PGCE in Modern Languages, University of Cambridge
  • MEd The Open University
  • PhD University of Ulster
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA 2015)

Research & Scholarship

Journal Articles

Research Reports

Newspaper/Magazine Articles

Book Reviews

  • Jones, S. (2017) ‘The Givenness of Things’ in British Journal of Education Studies. 65 (2)pp. 278-280 (Book Review) Published online 5 April 2017
  • Jones, S. (2015). ‘The country of the young: interpretations of youth and childhood in Irish culture’, (Book review), Irish Studies Review, 23(2), 252-25

Conference Papers

  • Jones, S. (2019) ‘Translating the Heart in Maylis de Kerangal’s Réparant les Vivants and Christian Boltanski’s Les Archives du Coeur’. Paper presented at the XXIe colloque annuel de l’ADEFFI ‘La Perte et la Réparation’, Queen’s University, Belfast, 19th October.
  • Jones, S. (2019) ‘In at the Deep End? Reflections on the identity and experiences of newcomer children and young people in Northern Ireland’. Paper presented at the Multilingualism and Identity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives International Conference at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, 12th September.
  • Jones, S. (2019) ‘Joining the Dots: Connecting and the Curriculum’. Guest Presentation at the British Educational Research Association British Curriculum Forum Reimagining a Curriculum for Teacher Excellence Event, London, 23rd February.
  • Jones, S. (2018) ‘Suffering, Sense Making and Meeting of Minds: Le Chambon sur Lignon as Remarkable Sanctuary’. Paper presented at L’Imaginaire médico-religieux: French Literary Perspectives Conference, Queen’s University, Belfast. 20th October.
  • Jones, S. (2017) ‘Languages in Primary Schools in Northern Ireland’. Presentation at Northern Ireland Assembly Research and Information Service Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series 2017-18, Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, 29th November, 2017.
  • Jones, S. (2017) ‘Developing Gifts and Talents’. Guest presentation at the Fields of Life Education Conference Building Bridges to Excellence, Mukono, Uganda, 17th-18th January.
  • Jones, S. (2016) ‘Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity in Primary Schools in Northern Ireland’. Paper presented at the Sixteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, University of Granada, Spain, 27th-29th July.
  • Jones, S. (2016) The Importance of Language Learning in the Primary School, Guest Presentation at NICILT Primary Principals’ Information Day at Queen’s University Belfast
  • Jones, S. (2015) Opportunities and challenges for newcomer pupils in Primary Education: a view from Initial Teacher Education, Guest Presentation at Stronger Together Conference, Belfast, 19 November
  • Jones, S. (2015) ‘Sixth Form Stretch and Challenge: Debating Matters’, Paper presented at NI Edcamp, Stranmillis University College, Belfast.
  • Jones, S. (2015) ‘Stretching gifted and talented learners in Northern Ireland post primary schools’ Paper presented at The British Psychological Society Northern Ireland Branch 2015 Annual Conference, Armagh
  • Jones, S. (2014) ‘Heaney and Education’ Paper presented at Seamus Heaney: a Conference and Commemoration, Queen’s University Belfast, 10th-13th April.
  • Jones, S. (2014) ‘Poetry and play: reflections on childhood, creativity and learning in Seamus Heaney and Sinead Morrissey’ Paper presented at the United Kingdom Literacy Association 50th International Conference, University of Sussex, July 4th-6th
  • Department of Education Northern Ireland (2012) Effective Teaching and Learning to Meet the Needs of More Able Learners – Resource File Chapter for Capacity Building Programme [Contributor]



  • Jones, S. (2007) Reading, writing and restlessness: a study of Miguel de Unamuno’s poetics and prose, from 1897 – 1914, in the light of his response to Christianity (Ph.D. thesis), University of Ulster.