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Margie W. Jones

Associate Professor of Education

Margie W. Jones

Education

B.S. - Medical College of Georgia, 1983
M.Ed. - Georgia State University, 1997
Ed.S. - State University of West Georgia, 2002
Ed.D. - Georgia Southern University, 2005

Biography

Dr. Margie Wiggins Jones is an Associate Professor at Mercer University, born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina and raised in Pelham, Georgia. She teaches graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the B.S.Ed., M.Ed., and Ed.S. programs. Dr. Jones has actively engaged in professional and community service organizations, having served as a Georgia National Association of Multicultural Education board member from 2009 through 2012. She participated in the development of content specifications for the Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) and served as a member of the Special Education Task Force, developed by The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) to review special educator preparation rules in the field of Special Education. Additionally, Dr. Jones served as a member of the Georgia Induction of Special Education Teachers Cohort developed by the Georgia Department of Education. Goals for this cohort included improving student achievement through the development of highly effective and professional special education teachers and retention of special education teachers. Her research interests include critical narratives in education and the
integration of social context and education to enhance curriculum and pedagogy.

Teaching

As a reflective practitioner, Dr. Jones understands the importance of ‘life experiences’ in educational outcomes. Her philosophy of teaching centers on adult learning theories that allow her to take in to account these experiences as paramount to the educational success of students. Knowledge and understanding are best achieved through involvement in the learning process. Dr. Jones encourages students to view their life experiences as important and should be relied upon to help them build knowledge. Her hope is that teacher candidates will reflect upon this process in a way that will help them be responsive and sensitive to cultural and other differences within the classroom and school environment. 

Dr. Jones teaches graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the B.S.Ed., M.Ed., and Ed.S. programs, with an emphasis on curriculum studies and special education. Courses taught include:

EDUC 451 Evaluation & Assessment in Early Childhood and Special Education 
EDUC 283 Fundamentals of Special Education
EDUC 450 Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities
EDUC 358 Nature of the Learner
EDUC 378 Children’s Literature
ELAD 400 Classroom Strategies and Interventions for Young Children
EDUC 210 Instructional Technologies for Teachers
EDUC 257 Psychology & Development of the Learner
EDUC 330 Exploration of Learning Creative Arts
EDUC 492 Student Teacher Supervision
EDUC 405 Classroom Management
EDUC 615 Classroom Management and Applied Learning Theory       
EDUC 639 Teaching Strategies and Classroom Environment for Active Learning
EDUC 720 Advanced Curriculum
EDUC 742 Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment for Students with Disabilities

Scholarship

Dr. Jones’ research interests include critical narratives in education with the integration of social context and education to enhance curriculum and pedagogy.

Publications

Sweatman, M. W. (2008). African American students with reading disabilities: A critical race inquiry. In Ming Fang He & Jo Ann Phillion (Eds.). Research for Social Justice: Personal~Passionate~Participatory Inquiry. New York: Information Age.

Sweatman, M. W. (2008). Listening to the Lorax: What I like about the No Child Left Behind Act. In Jerry Worley, Margaret Morris & Al Stramiello (Eds.). sometimes i did all i could. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press.

Service

Dr. Jones serves on the Tift College of Education Assessment Committee, Faculty Welfare Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee. She has actively engaged in professional and community service organizations, having served as a Georgia National Association of Multicultural Education board member from 2009 through 2012. She participated in the development of content specifications for the Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) and served as a member of the Special Education Task Force, developed by The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) to review special educator preparation rules in the field of Special Education. Additionally, Dr. Jones served as a member of the Georgia Induction of Special Education Teachers Cohort developed by the Georgia Department of Education. Goals for this cohort included improving student achievement through the development of highly effective and professional special education teachers and retention of special education teachers.