Professor Rhys Christopher Jones is the Associate Dean Education for the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, and is based in the School of Biosciences and Medicine. His primary role is to support the development and implementation of the Faculties education strategy and the Universities education agenda.
Over his career he has taught on a variety of undergraduate and post graduate courses, including: statistics, research methods, biomedical science, nutrition and organic chemistry, mathematics for science, health and well-being and clinical anatomy and physiology. He has also taught a variety of science-based subjects in Further Education colleges, which include GCSE, BTEC, Access and A levels.
His primary research contributions are in the areas of curriculum development, randomness misconceptions in statistics, and the role of context in statistics education. Rhys’s research interests also focus on mathematical and statistical anxiety, helping to inform strategies to engage and motivate people in these subjects. He has a broad academic background in the areas of biology, chemistry, statistics and education, and has held lecturing positions at the University of Auckland, Cardiff University, Birmingham City University and London South East College.
Statistics and Data Science education, especially across disciplines
Interdisciplinary curriculum design
Experimental methods in education
Technology enhanced learning and teaching
Mathematical and Statistical anxiety
Emotional intelligence in education
Jones, R.C. (2022 - in press). Data Literacy Skills: Summarising Data. Sage publications, Inc. London.
Jones, R.C (2021). Telling Stories with Data. MethodsSpace: Communicating Research. Link to article.
Jones, R.C (2021). What math skills do researchers need? MethodsSpace: Data Analysis skills teaching methods. Link to presentation.
Jones, R.C. (2020). Essential Maths Skills for Social Data Exploration. Sage publications, Inc. London.
Fergusson, A. & Jones, R.C. (2020) Go Big or Go Home. Large scale teaching of statistics blog, providing tips and ideas on how to teach statistics and data science. Link to site.
Jones, R.C. (2020). Feel Good Hooks. Presented at Sage online conference: Supercharging Your Quantitative Online Teaching. Link to presentation.
Renelle, A., Budgett, S., & Jones, R. (2020). New Zealand teachers' generation problem misconceptions. Teaching Statistics, 43(2), 56-61. doi:10.1111/test.12248.
Jones, R. C. (2020). Telling stories with descriptive data and graphs. In P. A. Atkinson, S. Delamont, R. A. Williams, A. Cernat, J. Sakshaug (Eds.) SAGE research methods foundations. London, U.K, Sage.
Jones, R. C. (2020). Using video clips to kick-start statistical thinking – research questions and study design. Statistics & Data Science Educator, 1-7. https://sdse.online/lessons/SDSE20-002/
Renelle, A., Budgett, S.C., & Jones, R. (2020). New Zealand Teachers’ Perceptions When Hearing Waiting-Time Distributions. In: P Arnold (Ed.), New Skills in the Changing World of Statistics Education Proceedings of the Roundtable conference of the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE), July 2020, Online. Voorborg, The Netherlands. ©2020 ISI/IASE iase-web.org/Conference_Proceedings.php.
Jones, R. C. (2020). Data Analysis and Critical Thinking Skills Training for Teachers – The Welsh Baccalaureate. Statistics Education Research Journal, 19 (1), 92-105.
Jones, R. C. (2020). The Many Faces Of Giftedness. Tall Poppies, 14-16.
Renelle, A., Budgett, S.C., & Jones, R.C. (2019). Recognition of random processes from simulated auditory experiences. Paper presented at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 12 Aug 2019 - 16 Aug 2019. Decision Making Based on Data. Proceedings of the Satellite conference of the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE).
Jones, R. C. (2019). Being bad at maths is not a badge of honour. Ideas room Auckland, New Zealand. Link to review.
Jones, R. C. (2019). How do we change statistical and critical thinking attitudes in young people? Numeracy, 12 (2). 10.5038/1936-46220.127.116.11
Jones, R. C. (2019). Statistical investigation measuring intelligence and creativity. Teaching Statistics, 41 (1), 36-40. 10.1111/test.12169
Jones, R. C. (2019). No good at maths. The Panel - Radio NZ Auckland, New Zealand. https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/thepanel/audio/2018706445/no-good-at-maths.
Jones, R. C. (2018). Igniting the statistical spark in the social sciences. Paper presented at 10th International Conference on Teaching Statistics (ICOTS), Kyoto, Japan. 8 July - 13 July 2018. Looking back, looking forward. Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Teaching Statistics.
Jones, R. C. (2018). Igniting the statistical spark in the social sciences. Journal of Mathematics and Statistical Science, 4 (10), 397-403.
Jones, R. C. (2018). Igniting the statistical spark in the social sciences—Abilities, student feedback and teacher observations. Journal of Mathematics and System Science, 8, 153-174.
Jones, R. C. (2016). Is more statistics good for everyone?. Paper presented at RSS International Conference for all statisticians and users of data, Manchester. 5 September - 8 September 2016. RSS-2016-Abstracts-booklet.
Jones, R. (2016). Igniting the statistical spark in the social sciences. Paper presented at Mathematics Education Innovation conference, University of Bath, England, UK. 30 June - 2 July 2016.
Jones, R. C. (2015). Igniting the statistical spark in the social sciences. Paper presented at RSS International Conference, Exeter. 7 September - 10 September 2015. Abstracts Booklet RSS International Conference. (pp. 31).
Jones, R. C. (2014). Cardiff University Q-Step Centre for Excellence in Quantitative Methods (post 16 focus) Creation of new 'A' level in Social Analytics for Wales. The Welsh Journal of Education, 17 (1), 88-91. Link to paper.
Jones, R. C. (2011). How may we best support biosciences learning in nurse education?. Paper presented at Networking for Education in Healthcare 2011. 6 September - 8 September 2011.