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Gail Jones

Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor

Poe Hall 326R


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.


Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education from North Carolina State University
Master of Arts in Biology from Appalachian State University
Bachelor of Science in Biology from Appalachian State University

Curriculum Vitae


Scholarly 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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