Gail Jones



Department/Program Affiliations

Science Education

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 
Campus Box 7801 Raleigh, NC 27695-7801
326-R Poe Hall
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Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae: 


Ph.D. in Science Education, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
M.A. in Biology, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
B.S. in Biology, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC


Educational Research Areas: 
Nanotechnology Education
Teaching and Learning Scale and Scaling
Haptics (touch) and Learning
Gender and Science
Innovations in Technology
Teaching and Learning science
Conceptual Change
Current Research Projects: 
NSF Scale and Scaling Across the Science Domains NSF Investigating Viruses with Nanotechnology http://ced.ncsu.edu/nanoscale/
Research Description: 

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 Nanoscale Science 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.

Professional Presentations & Publications

Professional Presentations & Publications: 

 Taylor, A., & Jones, M. G. (2011). Students’ and teachers’ application of surface area to volume relationships. Research in Science Education, 41(3), 357-368.




Jones, M.G., Paechter, M., Gardner, G., Yen, I., Taylor, A., & Tretter, T. (in press). Teachers‘ concepts of spatial scale. An international comparison between Austrian, Taiwanese, and the United States., International Journal of Science Education.

Rua, M., & Jones, M. G. (in press). Conceptions of Germs:Expert to Novice Understandings of Microbes.Electronic Journal of Science Education.

Jones, M. G., Taylor, A.,  & Forrester, J. (2011). Developing a scientist: A retrospective look.  International Journal of Science Education, 33(12), 1653-1673.

Jones, M. G., & Taylor, A. (2009). Developing a sense of scale: Looking backward.  Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 46(4), 460-475.

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