Research Staff Interests

Professor  Liz  Jones

Biography

Liz has over twenty years experience of teaching in both mainstream and special education. Her research interests include poststructuralist theory; feminist theory; social constructions and deconstructions of 'the child' and 'childhood'. Liz leads the Centre for the Cultural Studies of Children and Childhood, which is affiliated to the Educational and Social Research Institute.

Research Interests

Poststructuralist theory; feminist theory; social constructions and deconstructions of 'the child' and 'childhood'.

Research Groups

Centre for Cultural Studies of Children and Childhood

Research Projects

Chattering Nineteen to the Dozen (CND) (£20K, March-January 2013) An Action Research Project led by Liz Jones, Rachel Holmes and Helen Davenport in conjunction with three combined Bradford Early Years Children’s Centres/Nursery Schools and three Bradford Primary Schools. The two main aims of the project were:

  • to establish the factors, variables and dynamics that predispose and encourage (some) children to talk and chatter both within the context of home communities and nursery school;
  • identify why it is that some children who have comparable cultural and socio economic backgrounds to other more fluent language speakers appear reluctant to chatter and talk as freely when in the nursery classroom.
The team produced a report and a film. Both the report and the film are carefully designed so as to enable staff development in relation to encouraging children's chatter.

Evaluation of Hit the Ground Crawling (2009-10) a peer-mentoring project for young fathers-to-be (with Rachel Holmes) on behalf of Stockport Children's services.

Evaluation of the Aiming High Initiative (2011) a project that sought to develop innovative ways of offering short breaks to children with disabilities and their family. On behalf of Manchester Children's Services (with Kerry Moakes). View the project here

Evaluation of the Mother and Baby Unit (2009-10) which is an integral part of Her Majesty's Prison, Styal on behalf of the UK charity, Action for Children (with Rachel Holmes and Maggie MacLure)
View the Executive Summary here
View the Briefing here

Co-investigator with Professor Maggie MacLure, Dr Rachel Holmes and Dr Christina MacRae on an Economic and Social Research Council funded project, Becoming a Problem: How and Why Children Acquire a Reputation as 'Naughty' in the Earliest Years at School. (2008) Download a copy of this report here

Evaluation of the Alchemy Enquire Initiative (2007) with Christina MacRae and Rachel Holmes, on behalf of The University of Manchester, Manchester Museum.

Evaluation of Skelmersdale Sure Start (2007) with Bee Downing & Terri Curtis.

Evaluation of Sure Start Initiative (Harpurhey and Lightbowne 2004) with Sheila Stark & Peter Cameron.

Jones, L., Stark, S., Franks, H., Jarvis, J., Stronach, I. & Wibberley, C (2002/3) Phase 1 & 2 of the evaluation report of the National Evaluation Primary School/Primary Care Health Links Initiative Department of Health.

Powell, J., Marsh, C. & Oxley, D. (2001) Local evaluation report of three Early Excellence Centres: Ganneys, Martinscroft and Reddish Vale.

Books

Jones, L. & Barron, I. (2007) Research and Gender London, Continuum order here

Jones, L., Holmes, R. & Powell, J. (eds) (2005) Early Childhood Studies: A Multiprofessional Perspective Buckingham, Open University Press order here

Brown, T. & Jones, L. (2001) Action Research and Postmodernism: Congruence and Critique Buckingham, Open University Press

Refereed Journal Articles

Jones, L., Osgood, J., Holmes, R. & MacLure, M. (2014) Eu(rope) (Re)assembling, (Re)casting, and (Re)aligning Lines of De- and Re-territorialisation of Early Childhood International Review of Qualitative Research 7(1) Spring 2014 pp 58-79 ISSN 1940-8447, eISSN 1940-8455

Jones, L. (2013) Becoming Child/Becoming Dress Global Studies of Childhood 3(3) ISSN 2043-6106 online here

Jones, L. (2013) Children's Encounters With Things: Schooling the Body Qualitative Inquiry 1077800413494348, first published on July 10, 2013 as doi:10.1177/1077800413494348 online here

Holmes, R. and Jones, L. (2013) Flesh, wax, horse skin and hair: the many intensities of data. Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies Special Issue: Provocations: (Re)visioning data in qualitative research. online here Guest co-editors Mirka Koro-Ljungberg & Maggie MacLure

Barron, I. & Jones, L. (2012) Performing Child(hood) Children and Society online here

Holmes, R. and Jones, L. (2012) Limit-less provocations of the 'safe', 'secure' and 'healthy' child. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education online here

Jones, L., MacLure, M., Holmes, R. and MacRae, C. (2011) Children and Objects: affection and infection. International Journal of Early Years online here

MacLure, M., Jones, L., Holmes, R. and MacRae, C. (2011) Becoming a Problem: Behaviour and reputation in the early years classroom. British Educational Research Journal online here

Jones, L. (2010) Reflexivity as a Ground-Clearing Activity within the Context of Early Years Pedagogy. Qualitative Inquiry 16(5) pp342-348 online here

MacLure, M., Holmes, R., MacRae, C. and Jones, L. (2010) Silence as Resistance to Analysis: Or, on Not Opening One's Mouth Properly. Qualitative Inquiry 16(6) pp492-500 online here

Jones, L., Holmes, R., MacRae, C. and MacLure, M. (2010) Documenting Classroom Life: how can I write about what I am seeing? Qualitative Research 10(4) pp479-491 online here

MacLure, M., Holmes, R., MacRae, C. & Jones, L. (2010) Animating classroom ethnography, overcoming video-fear. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education Special Issue 'Thinking with Deleuze in Qualitative Research' 23(5) pp543-556 online here

Jones, L. and Hanley, U. (2007) Mathematics and fantasies of effective practice Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Studies 8(1) online here

Jones, L. & Osgood, J. (2007) Mapping the fabricated identity of childminders: pride and prejudice Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Studies 8(4) online here

McCreery, E., Jones, L. & Holmes, R. (2007) Why do Muslim parents want Muslim schools? Early Years 27(3)pp203-219 online here

Jones, L., Owen, J. & Cook, T. (2005) Evaluating the early excellence initiative: the relationship between evaluation, performance management and practitioner participation Evaluation vol 11(3) pp331-349 online here

Jones, L. & McNamara, O. (2004) The possibilities and constraints of multimedia as a basis for critical reflection Cambridge Journal of Education 34(3) pp179-296 online here

Jones, L. & Brown, T. (2001) 'Reading' the nursery classroom: a Foucauldian perspective Qualitative Studies in Education vol 14(6) pp713-725 online here

Jones, L. (2001) Trying to break with bad habits in practice by engaging with poststructuralist theories International Journal of Early Years vol 21(1)

Jones, L., Brown, T., McNamara, O. & Hanley, U. (1999) An enquiry into transitions: moving from being a learner of mathematics to a teacher of mathematics Research in Education

Brown, T., McNamara, O., Jones, L. & Hanley, U. (1999) Primary student teachers understanding of mathematics and its teaching British Educational Research Journal 25(3)

Jones, L. & Brown, T (1999) A tale of disturbance and unsettlement: incorporating and enacting deconstruction with the purpose of challenging aspects of pedagogy in the nursery classroom Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice 5(2)

Jones, L. (1996) Young girls' notions of femininity Gender and Education 8(3) pp311-321 online here

Book Chapters

Jones, L. and Holmes, R. (2013) Working with New Research Practices, in SAGE Handbook of Play and Learning in Early Childhood (in production)

Jones, L., Holmes, R., MacRae, C. and MacLure, M. (2010) 'Improper' children, in N. Yelland (ed) Critical Issues in Early Childhood. Buckingham, Open University Press

Jones, L., Holmes, R., MacRae, C. and MacLure, M. (2010) The critical politics of play, in Gaile S. Cannella & Lourdes Diaz Soto (eds) Childhoods: A Handbook. New York: Peter Lang.

MacLure, M., Jones, L., Holmes, R. and MacRae, C. (2010) Childhood and the Construction of Critical Research Practices, in Gaile S. Cannella Lourdes & Diaz Soto (eds) Childhoods: A Handbook. New York: Peter Lang

Jones, L., Browne, K. and Keating, K. (2005) Researching young children within a multiprofessional perspective, in (eds) L. Jones, R. Holmes & J. Powell Early Childhood Studies: a multiprofessional perspective Buckingham, Open University Press

Jones, L., Hodson, E. & Napier, N. (2005) The politics of play, in L. Jones, R. Holmes & J. Powell (eds) Early Childhood Studies: a multiprofessional perspective Buckingham, Open University Press

Aitken, S. and Jones, L. (2005) Exploring families, in L. Jones, R. Holmes & J. Powell (eds) Early Childhood Studies: a multiprofessional perspective Buckingham, Open University Press

Jones, L., Browne, K., Aitken, S., Keating, I. and Hodson, E. (2005) Working with parents and carers, in L. Jones, R. Holmes & J. Powell (eds) Early Childhood Studies: a multiprofessional perspective Buckingham, Open University Press

Jones, L. & Somekh, B. (2004) Observation, in B. Somekh & C. Lewin (eds) Research Methods in the Social Sciences London, Sage

Jones, L. (2002) Using videos to investigate speaking and listening, in O. McNamara (ed) Becoming an Evidence-Based Practitioner: a Framework for Teacher-Researchers London, Routledge Falmer

Brown, T., Jones, L. & Bibby, T. (2002) Identifying with Mathematics in M. Walshaw (ed) Mathematics, in Education With/In the Postmodern

Jones, L (1996) Talk isn't always easy, in N. Hall & J. Martello (eds) Listening to Children Think: Examining Talk in the Early Years London, Hodder & Stoughton

Research Reports

Becoming a Problem: How and Why Children Acquire a Reputation as 'Naughty' in the Earliest Years at School. A project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council [Award ref. RES-062-23-0105]

Jones, L. and Holmes, R. (2010/11) Evaluation of Hit the Ground Crawling.

Moakes, K. and Jones, L. (2011) Evaluation of the Aiming High Initiative

Jones, L. MacRae, C. & Holmes, R. (2008) Evaluation of the Alchemy Enquire Initiative, The Manchester Museum

Jones, L., Pickard, A. & Stronach, I. (2008) The Professional Environment of the Primary School (Strand 6/2 of the Primary Review Research Briefing, Cambridge University, Director Professor Robin Alexander, funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Trust)

MacLure, M., Jones, L., Holmes, R. and MacRae, C. (2008) Becoming a problem: how and why children acquire a reputation as 'naughty' in the earliest years at school. Economic and Social Research Council

Jones, L., Pickard, A. and Stronach, I. (2008) Primary Schools: The Professional Environment (Primary Review Research Survey 6/2) Cambridge: University of Cambridge Faculty of Education online here

Jones, L., Downing, B. and Curtis, T. (2007) Evaluation of Skelmersdale (Tanhouse & Digmoor). Sure Start Initiative

Stark, S., Jones, L. and Cameron, P. (2004) Evaluation of Sure Start Initiative. (Harpurhey and Lightbowne)

Stark, S, Franks, H., Jarvis, J., Jones, L., Stronach, I. & Wibberley, C. (2002/3) Phase 1 & 2 of the evaluation report of the National Evaluation Primary School/Primary Care Health Links Initiative Department of Health

Jones, L., Powell, J., Marsh, C. & Oxley, D. (2001) Local evaluation report of three Early Excellence Centres: Ganneys, Martinscroft and Reddish Vale

Jones, L. & Abbott, L. (2000) An Evaluation of the 'Championing Children' Initiative

eSpace

link to eSpace publications

Journal & Book Series Editorships & Editorial Board Membership

UK representative on the editorial board of the International Journal Contemporary Issues In Early Childhood

Reconceptualizing Educational Research Methodology (RERM)

Keynote Addresses or Prestigious Public Lectures

Jones, L. and Holmes, R. (2014) 'The Spectacle of (De)Composing Data.' Key Note address at the Bringing Critical Thinking into Life in Academia workshop, University Of Helsinki (4th April)

Holmes, R. & Jones, L. (2013) 'The deadly serious business of play.' Keynote address to The Research Groups of Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway (16th October)

Jones, L. (21 June 2013) 'Becoming child/becoming dress.' Keynote speaker at A Good Day for Stripes Conference, Institute of Policy Studies in Education, London Metropolitan University

Jones, L. (November 1st 2012) 'Children and Objects: Affection and Infection.' Keynote address to the University of Oulu, Finland

Professorial Lecture Series - Children and Objects

Erskine Scholar Prestige lecture (September 14th, 2011) 'Children and Objects: Affection and Infection.' University of Canterbury, Christchurch New Zealand

Key Note presentation to 'The gathering.' (August 20th 2011) University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Key Note presentation to OMEP (Organisation Mondiale pour l'Education Préscolaire) (28th September, 2011) 'Reputation, reputation, reputation…why children in the earliest years of schooling acquire reputations such as "naughty".' University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

With colleagues from Charles Sturt University, Australia (Prof Jennifer Sumsion) and Queensland University of Technology, Australia (Prof Sue Grieshaber), part of an Invited Symposia at the 2010 Australian Association of Educational Research Conference, Melbourne.

Holmes, R., Jones, L., MacLure, M. and MacRae, C. (2008) 'Eccentric performances and disorderly conduct: the pathology of difference.' Presented as part of a Key Note symposium at British Education Research Association Conference, Edinburgh

Jones, L. and Holmes, R. (2008) Key Note presentation at the first Postgraduate Research Forum, IM Marsh campus, LJMU, on 29th April 2008. 'How and why children acquire reputations such as naughty.'

Jones, L. (2011) 'Deleuze, cinema and the regulated child.' Invited presentation at Chester University postgraduate research programme, Faculty of Education and Children's Services. Riverside Campus, 16th February, 2011

Subjecting play to a Foucauldian gaze. Key note presentation at the Poststructuralism, Education and Feminism Conference Manchester (April 3rd, 2001)

International Recognition

In August 2013 Liz was appointed a Visiting Professor 11 in Early Childhood at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.

In 2010 Liz, together with twelve other international scholars, was invited to become a Velma E. Schmidt Fellow in the College of Education at the University of North Texas. This Collaborative is a network of researchers committed to social justice, peace, and equity for younger human beings.

Erskine Scholar at the School of Mãori and Indigenous Studies, University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2011)
In August 2011 Liz was invited by the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand to take up an Erskine Scholarship within the School of Mãori and Indigenous Studies. Erskine scholarships are usually awarded to 'international academic visitors who are already advanced in the learning of any subject taught in the Faculties of Commerce, Engineering or Science'. Awarding the scholarship to an academic outside of the 'usual' disciplines denotes both respect for the academic pursuit of early years education as well as for the School of Mãori and Indigenous Studies.

Liz has also been seconded as a ‘critical friend’ to the Australian based project, “Moments in time: investigating a national history curriculum in early childhood settings and primary classrooms (2011-2014)”. The project is funded by the Australian Research Council and is directed by Associate Professor, Mary Dixon, Dr Kim Senior, Dr Nicole Green, Associate Professor Anthony Taylor and Dr.Paul Reitano. The aim of the study is to investigate the pedagogical and curriculum implications of a national History curriculum for the early childhood and primary classroom. The significance and innovative qualities of this project arise from its engagement with curriculum change, content knowledge, pedagogy and disciplinarity.

Research-based Contributions to Practitioner and Academic Conferences

Invited guest speaker and workshop leader at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, (March 2013)

Jones, L. (2013) 'Figures 1, 2 & 3: thinking with and about event.' presented at American Educational Research Association Conference, San Francisco

Invited guest speaker and workshop leader at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst (December 2012)

Jones, L. and Sumsion, J. (December 2012) 'Theory and practice: entangled bodies.' presented at International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA), University of Sydney

Jones, L. (September 2012) 'Desperately seeking an autonomous and responsible individual.' British Educational Research Association Conference, Manchester University. Symposium Title: Provocations of 'the child' in uncertain times. Convenor: Liz Jones

Jones, L., Holmes, R. and MacLure, M. (September 2012) 'Children's encounters with things.' British Educational Research Association Conference, Manchester University

Jones, L., Holmes, R. and MacLure, M. (October 2011) 'Disturbing cultures of incarceration: the struggle for normality and the imprisoned family.' 19th Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education Conference University of East London.

Jones, L. and Holmes, R. (2010) 'The discipline of objects' presented at the Object Lessons symposium, Sixth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Illinois

MacLure, M., Holmes, R. and Jones, L. (2010) 'Ungrounded Theory and Unfounded Practice: Making a Nuisance of New Sense with Philosophies and Practices of Difference.' presented at the pre-conference workshop Sixth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Illinois

Holmes, R. and Jones, L. (2010) 'Framing childhood: disrupting mind sets, learning to stutter.' presented at the European Early Childhood Education Association conference Birmingham, UK

Invited discussant for an international conference symposium entitled 'Pre-schooling as an arena for doing gender-equity: The Swedish Experience' American Education and Research Conference New York (2008)

Holmes, R., Jones, L., MacLure, M and MaCrae, C. 'Pathologising difference: occupying non-conformity in an early years classroom.' British Educational Research Association Conference Institute of Education (2007)

Jones, L., Holmes, R., MaCrae, C. and MacLure, M. 'What counts as evidence when examining notions of 'naughtiness': am I seeing what you are seeing?' 3rd Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Illinois Champaign Urbana State University (2007)

Jones, L., Holmes, R. and McCreery, E. 'Why do Muslim parents want Muslim schools?' 6th Discourse, Power and Resistance Manchester Metropolitan University (2007)

Jones, L., Homes, R., MacRae, C. & MacLure, M. 'Pathologising difference: occupying non-conformity in an early years classroom.' British Educational Research Association London Institute of Education (2007)

Jones, L. & Osgood, J. 'The fabricated identity of childminders: pride and prejudice.' 5th Discourse, Power and Resistance Manchester Metropolitan University (2006)

Jones, L. & Osgood, J. 'The professionalisation of child-minders: how they get stitched up.' European Conference of Early Childhood Studies University of Iceland (2006)

McCreery, E., Holmes, R. and Jones, L. 'Faith Schools.' Association of University Lecturers in Religion & Education (UK) Religion and Schools in the 21st Century - Challenges and Opportunities at Stranmillis University College, Belfast (2006)

Jones, L. 'Reflexivity as a ground clearing activity.' 2nd Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Illinois Champaign Urbana State University(2006)

Jones, L. and Campbell, A. 'A critical examination of the evaluation of Early Excellence Centres.' British Educational Research Association Cardiff (2005)

Jones, L. Derrida goes to nursery school 4th Discourse, Power and Resistance Conference Plymouth(2005)

Jones, L. & Stark, S. 'Charismatic leadership within the context of multi-professional practice.' British Educational Research Association Edinburgh (2004)

Teaching Interests

Liz teaches on a range of postgraduate and undergraduate. Her interests include: research methods; early childhood education especially constructions of identity.

Areas of Post-graduate Supervision

  • 'Belonging' in the foundation stage.
  • Pupil perceptions of school culture.
  • Decontextualised learning & teaching in critical studies in secondary art & design education.

Jones

Position/Post: Professor of Early Childhood Education
Tel: 0161-247-2056
Fax: 0161-247-6353
Email: e.jones@mmu.ac.uk
Location: Research Base, Didsbury Campus