Dr Susan Wyn Jones

Name
Dr Susan Wyn
Position
Lecturer in Education (Chemistry)
Email
s.w.jones@bangor.ac.uk
Phone
01248 382955
Location
Eifonydd, Normal Site

Profile


Susan Wyn Jones is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Education and Human Development.

She obtained her bachelor degree in Chemistry at Bangor University with first class honours and the Muriel Edwards prize for the highest marks. After completing a PhD (also at Bangor University), she took up a post-doctoral position at the University of Toronto, Canada. Returning home to Wales, she completed a PGCE becoming Head of Chemistry at a local secondary school in 1997.

In 2006, she joined the School of Education taking responsibility for training Learning Coaches on behalf of the Welsh Government and contributing to the PGCE Secondary programme. Liaising with local authority education departments across North Wales, she then established a new Foundation Degree for the Learning Coaches to enable them to build upon their Welsh Government training and obtain a degree. She has also been a module leader for the E-gateway to SEN module, an innovative distance learning module for SENCOs and teaching assistants.

Because of her collaborative work with universities across Wales with the Learning Coach programme and her expertise with distance learning on the E-gateway module, her name was put forward as part of the successful bid made by the Bangor University, Aberystwyth University, Cardiff University and the Institute of Education, London to run the Master’s in Educational Practice. She then became Deputy Director of the Master’s in Educational Practice at Bangor.

In 2013, she became Director of the full time Master’s in Educational Studies, developing this programme to have wide appeal to both home and international students. The programme provides a placement module which allows students to observe theory being put into practice at local schools.

Since 2014, she has been Deputy Head of School, Director of Teaching and Learning.

She sits on the curriculum and assessment working group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is interested in promoting effective teaching practices which ensure every child makes progress and fulfils their true potential.

Teaching

Master’s in Education Studies programme, with specific responsibility for the Placement module.
PGCE Secondary programme, with specific responsibility for Science education and contributing to the Professional Studies programme.

Research students


MA
Numeracy and science. Anthony Clowser has given talks to local secondary school teachers and trainee teachers about best practice in developing numerical reasoning with learners and given a paper on this topic at the WISERD conference, Cardiff, 2015 and the Institute of Physics Conference, Bangor, 2016.

EdD
Scientific literacy. Gemma Dale gained her doctorate in 2016 and has presented a poster on her research at the WISERD conference, Cardiff. She has given several talk to trainee teachers on best practice in achieving scientifically literate learners and preparing for the next PISA assessment (which will assess scientific literacy).

Literacy development and dyslexia. Anna McCormack became the School of Education and Human Development’s first part-time student to gain an Education doctorate in 2015 and presented her research regarding best practice in supporting literacy development for learners with dyslexia at the Bangor Master’s Conference in October, 2015.


Publications

Jones. S. W. 2018. Improving student teachers’ critical thinking skills at university to support their transition into schools. [On-line]. Retrieved from https://chartered.college/author/guest_l_22

Accepted McCormack-Colbert, A, Jones, S and Ware, J. (2018). Developing writing skills of learners with persistent literacy difficulties through explicit grammar teaching, Support for Learning.

Jones, S. 2017. Initial and continuing teacher education: thoughts and experiences from a Welsh perspective. Science Teacher Education.79.pp.5 – 16.

Commissioned report, 2017: Re-thinking Educational attainment and poverty (REAP) in rural Wales. ap Gruffudd, G., Spencer, L., Payne, J., Wilde, A., Watkins, R., Jones, S., Thomas, E. M., Hughes, C. and O'Connor, B.

Jones. S.W. 2018 Developing student teachers’ ability to evaluate their pupils’ learning in the classroom. The Journal of Teacher Action Research. 4(3) pp 39 – 54

Clowser, A, Jones, S. and Lewis, J. (2017). Can the principles of cognitive acceleration be used to improve numerical reasoning in Science? School Science Review. 99(368) pp117 – 122.

McCormack-Colbert, A, Jones, S and Ware, J. (2017). Perceptions of support for secondary school learners with dyslexia in France and in Wales: case study analyses, Support for Learning.

Jones, S and Lewis, J. (2016). Teacher Education in Wales. In: Bamber, P and Moore, J (eds). Teacher Education in Challenging Times. Abingdon: Routledge pp 41 – 43

Jones. S. 2016. Critical thinking and problem solving. Bangor University: North and Mid Wales Centre for Teacher Education.

Jones, S., Lewis, J., Ware, J., and Butler, C. (2011). Professional Development needs of teachers across Wales, Higher Education Academy.

Power, S., Taylor, C., Lewis, J., Connolly, M., Thomas, G. and Jones, S. (2010). Realizing the ‘Learning Country’? Research activity and capacity within Welsh local authorities, Contemporary Wales, 23, 71 – 92

Grants

2017 Principal investigator: Supporting teaching, learning and assessment in KS3/4 science (S. Jones, B. Jones, N. Jones, B. Jones and R. Watkins, £10,000).
2017 Principal investigator. Teaching science bilingually and through the medium of Welsh. (S. Jones. £2,500).
In 2015, a science pedagogy group was established in North Wales to take the lead on realizing Donaldson’s vision for a new curriculum for Wales. The Institute of Physics supported dissemination of the group’s findings at the Bangor conference, 2016.
In 2010 a small grant was awarded by the HEA to carry out work to research into teachers’ professional development.


Conferences


Institute of Physics Conference, Bangor 2010 – 2018
Liaising with the Institute of Physics, the Science department at the School of Education has hosted a conference for local science secondary teachers to promote the teaching of physics. Keynote speaker have included world renowned scientists such as Dame Professor Joyce Bell Burnell (discoverer of pulsars), Prof Athene Donald (winner of the L’Oreal Women in Science award) and Dr Lyn Evans (the Welsh scientist who helped develop the Large Hadron Collider, Geneva).
CELT conference 2017. Presentation: Developing critical thinking skills and independent thought at university level - supporting undergraduates and student teachers with transitions.
IPDA conference, 2016, Stirling. Presentation: Professional Development Needs of Teachers.
Master’s Conference for teachers, 2015, Bangor University. Presentation: Critical thinking skills development workshop for teachers.

Consultancy


Consultant: supporting non-specialist teachers with science teaching at secondary school
Consultant: Welsh medium dictionary of chemical terms (part of the Ap Geiriaduron)
Representing ITET in Wales on the Royal Society of Chemistry curriculum and assessment task group.