Dr. Jones is a professor of science education. Her teaching focuses on science teacher preparation and research in teaching and learning science. Dr. Jones’ research focuses on learning science in a variety of sociocultural contexts. Her research examines how a number of subgroups learn, including gender, minorities and students with visual impairments. Recently Dr. Jones has conducted a series of studies that examine nanoscale science education. She directs the Innovations in STEM Education Research Group that is investigating how people learn scale and scaling, the role of haptics (touch) in learning, and effective strategies for learning nanoscale science. Dr. Jones also investigates virtual reality interfaces for learning science.
Museum Volunteer Programs Could Play Important Role in Developing Pipeline of Much-Needed Science Teachers, Says Study from College of Education Doctoral Students, Faculty
Museum volunteer programs could be a potential avenue for recruiting high school students into science teaching and communication careers, according to a recent study supported by a Catalyst Grant from the Friday Institute and NC State College of Education.
Journal of Science Teacher Education: The Next Generation of Science Educators: Museum Volunteers
Friday Institute researchers examined the influence of youth volunteer experiences on career aspirations through a lens of science identity, finding that museum volunteer programs with an explicit focus on communicating science to the public may be optimal places to cultivate the next generation of science educators and communicators.
Staff Spotlight: Dr. Gail Jones
Friday Institute Senior Faculty Fellow Dr. Gail Jones is working with students using virtual reality technology to learn and engage in science. Learn more about Dr. Jones in this staff spotlight video.