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Dr Sharon Jones

General Information

Teaching Responsibilities

  • BEd Education Studies modules:
    Year 1 SES 1005, SES1014 An Introduction to Education Studies
    Year 2 SES 2006/2076 Learning and Assessment in Diverse Classrooms (Coordinator)
    Year 3 SES3069 Children with Special and Additional Needs
    Year 4 SCS3042 Contemporary Approaches to the Teaching of Primary Languages (Coordinator)
  • CPD courses on Gifted and Talented and An Introduction to Working with Newcomer Pupils
  • MEd module: Tackling Underachievement in Schools (Module Coordinator)

External Interests / Community Service

  • Member of Northern Ireland Languages Council
  • Reviewer for Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal
  • Former CCEA Moderator GCSE Spanish
  • Member of the Association for Language Learning
  • Debating Matters Regional Judge
  • Member of New Irish Arts

Research Interests

  • Stretch and Challenge in Teaching and Learning
  • Independent Learning
  • Pedagogy in MFL
  • Working with Newcomer Pupils

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

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. (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.

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