Jones, Rachel A. Dr

Senior Lecturer

  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Early Start Research
  • School of Education

Overview


Dr Jones’ research is primarily focused on movement behaviours (physical activity and sedentary behaviour) for young children (3-5 years). Her main areas of research include prevention and intervention studies for young children. She has a particularly interest in delivering and facilitating professional development for early childhood education and care (ECEC) educators, either face-to-face and/or online. In more recent years her research has focused on the importance of quality of early childhood education and care settings within the physical child development domain. She has recently developed, along with others, a professional development packages for educators which aims to improve the quality of the ECEC environment in relation to movement play and physical activity.

In addition to her research she teaches in research methodology at an undergraduate and postgraduate level and in the Early Years program.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Promotion of healthy lifestyles and physical activity in the early years.

Available as Research Supervisor

Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • 1. Quality of early childhood education and care settings in relation to movement play and physical activity
    2. Innovative professional development programs for early childhood education and care educators

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy The relationship between educator engagement and interaction and children's physical activity in early childhood education and care services Tonge, Karen
    Doctor of Philosophy Evidence-based web-mediated professional learning program for early childhood education and care addressing physical activity and healthy eating behaviours of young children Peden, Michele
    Doctor of Philosophy Relationships between gross motor skills and health and developmental outcomes in young children. Kazmierska-Kowalewska, Kalina

Full Name


  • Dr Rachel Jones

Mailing Address


  • Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Promotion of healthy lifestyles and physical activity in the early years.

Selected Publications


Potential Supervision Topics


  • 1. Quality of early childhood education and care settings in relation to movement play and physical activity
    2. Innovative professional development programs for early childhood education and care educators

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy The relationship between educator engagement and interaction and children's physical activity in early childhood education and care services Tonge, Karen
    Doctor of Philosophy Evidence-based web-mediated professional learning program for early childhood education and care addressing physical activity and healthy eating behaviours of young children Peden, Michele
    Doctor of Philosophy Relationships between gross motor skills and health and developmental outcomes in young children. Kazmierska-Kowalewska, Kalina

Full Name


  • Dr Rachel Jones

Mailing Address


  • Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia