- Eco-social work. The emerging area of environmental or eco-social work is of great interest to me as we are increasingly required to respond to the impacts of environmental issues such as climate change.
- International social work education. I am interested in exploring how students develop a consciousness as 'global citizens' and the role that international study experiences might play in this process.
- International Student Exchange. I am interested in how we can best facilitate meaningful and critically informed learning for students engaged in short-term international exchange experiences.
- Eco-social work curriculum. The question of how we can integrate material on the natural environment and sustainability into the social work curriculum is an important and interesting challenge that I am deeply interested in.
Dr Peter Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Human Services at James Cook University with over 20 years experience in social work education, research and practice. He is currently acting in the role of Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching for the College or Arts and Social Sciences and is the First Year Experience Coordinator in social work. Peter is a multi-award winning educator with a particular interest in the application of transformative learning theory in social work education. He is currently a Fellow of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA). Peter’s research and practice interests include social work education, environmental social work, sustainable community development, international social work, and international student exchange. He has published scholarly work in all of these areas.
Peter is currently involved in a large-scale research project funded by the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching looking at international student exchange in social work education in Australia. This project involves collecting data from Australian social work academics and students as well as from international ‘host’ institutions in a number of countries in the Asia Pacific. Over the past six years Peter has also facilitated a number of international student exchanges to both Thailand and India.
- 2012 - James Cook University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence (In recognition of outstanding achievement in the category of ‘partnerships and engagement).
- 2012 - James Cook University TropEco Awards – Highly Commended (For enhancing education for sustainability in Learning, Teaching or Research)
- 2010 - James Cook University Inclusive Practice Award
- 2009 - James Cook University Inclusive Practice Award
- 2009 - National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
- 2007 - National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
- 2014 - JCU Teaching and Learning Academy Fellowship
- 2006 to 2017 - Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Fellowship in recognition of higher education teaching and the support of learning.
These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.
- Other research outputs
- Jones P, Rowe S and Miles D (in press) Beyond practical preparation: a critical approach to preparing social work students for international experiences. International Social Work,
- Bowles W, Boetto H, Jones P and McKinnon J (in press) Is social work really greening? Exploring the place of sustainability and environment in social work codes of ethics. International Social Work, pp. 1-15
- Jones P and Galloway K (2015) Academic and discipline identities as obstacles to engaging with education for sustainability: lessons from law and social work. International Journal of Sustainability Education, 11 (2). pp. 1-10
- Galloway K and Jones P (2014) Guarding our identities: the dilemma of transforamtion in the legal academy. QUT Law Review, 14 (1). pp. 15-26
- Jones P and Galloway K (2013) Curriculum design through an ecological lens: a case study in law and social work education. The International Journal of Sustainability Education, 8 (1). pp. 117-129
- Amrutha Sebastian K, Chindu G and Jones P (2012) Education for eco-social justice: a case study of a partnership approach in Indian schools. New Community Quarterly, 10 (3). pp. 12-17
- Galloway K and Jones P (2012) Scholarship in the discipline and higher education: the need for a fusion epistemology focused on academic identity. Higher Education Research & Development, 31 (6). pp. 931-933
- Jones P and Galloway K (2012) Professional transitions in the academy: a conversation. Journal of Transformative Education, 10 (2). pp. 90-107
- Jones P (2015) Transformative learning theory: addressing new challenges in social work education. In: Exploring Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. New Frontiers of Educational Research. Springer, Berlin, Germany, pp. 267-286
- Miles D, Jones P, Gopalkrishnan N, Francis A, Harris N, Howard E, King J, Zuchowski I, Dhephasadin Na Ayudhaya P and Puthantharayil G (2016) Contested concepts of 'partnership' in international student exchange programs. Proceedings of the 37th HERDSA Annual International Conference. In: HERSDA 2016: 39th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual International Conference: the shape of higher education, 4-7 July 2016, Freemantle, WA, Australia
- Jones P (2014) Ecological Literacy in Social Work Education: Using a Scenario-based Approach to bring Community Spaces into the Classroom. Proceedings of the XI International Transformative Learning Conference. In: XI International Transformative Learning Conference: spaces of transformation and transformation of space, 23-26 October 2014, New York, NY, USA
- Galloway K and Jones P (2012) The unsustainability of legal practice: the case for transformation of legal education and legal educators. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Transformative Learning. In: A Future for Earth: Re-Imagining Learning for a Transforming World - 10th International Conference on Transformative Learning, 1-4 November 2012, San Francisco, California
ResearchOnline@JCU stores 50+ research outputs authored by Dr Peter Jones from 2001 onwards.
- Current Funding
Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.
Office for Learning and Teaching - Innovation and Development Grant
International Social Work Student Exchange: Facilitating Good Practice in Australia and Asia Pacific
- Indicative Funding
- $388,000 over 2 years
- Using collaborative and inclusive processes, this project will draw on data from Australian social work education providers and their international partners, to document and analyse current international student exchange practices, highlighting key issues and constraints. Merging this data with a critical literature review, the project will synthesise the knowledge created to develop transferable best-practice models in international student exchange. Focusing on enhancing relationships with the Asia-Pacific, this project aims to document, analyse, develop and disseminate exemplary practices in international social work student exchange. The project will contribute significantly to the development of mutually beneficial international student exchange programs and will support Australian tertiary educators to integrate evidence-led, transferable, good -practice principles into core curricula.
- Debra Miles, Nonie Harris, Peter F Jones, Abraham Francis, Narayan Gopalkrishnan and Ines Zuchowski in collaboration with Hurriyet Babacan, Julie King, S Rajeev, Piyachat and Linda Briskman (College of Arts, Society & Education, The University of New England, Queensland University of Technology, De Paul Institute of Science & Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University and Swinburne University of Technology)
- Social Work; International student exchange; Internationalisation; Social Work Education; Curriculum Design
These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.
- Women and the environment: an indicative study on Tamborine Mountain, Queensland (2014, PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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