Kyffin’s first degree was in International Relations and this comparative and international focus has remained an important component of his teaching and research.
After graduating, Kyffin spent some years working in France as an English tutor before returning to England to qualify as a primary school teacher and to pursue postgraduate study. Kyffin’s career as a teacher was focused primarily upon SEN and particularly Autism following on from work supporting adults with learning difficulties. This practice included experience in the UK and Alaska, USA. Subsequent roles as a classroom and advisory teacher led to Master’s level research focused on Autism and Interactive approaches.
Kyffin currently has a role promoting student mobility through longstanding links with partners across Europe and the USA and leads several student study trips. These include visits to Jönköping in Sweden, Nijmegen in the Netherlands and Atlanta, Georgia. Kyffin is a member of the Symposion network of European educators and is closely involved in both outward and inward student mobility through the Erasmus programme.
Kyffin’s Doctorate. ‘The Outsider’s Story’, focused on aspects of inclusion and enculturation from an Outsider’s perspective. https://lra.le.ac.uk/handle/2381/39948
Current teaching is primarily focused on the BA (Hons) Education Studies and BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Programmes.
Modules taught include
- Education in a Global Context
- Introduction to Education Studies
- Learning through Educational Visits and Exchanges
- Young People and Society – SEN and Inclusion
- Young People and Society – Diversity and Pluralism
- Dissertation supervisor for Education Studies, Childhood and Youth and BALT programmes
Kyffin’s primary areas of research are related to his two key interests namely, international and comparative studies and concepts of inclusion and diversity.
Kyffin is also interested in evaluating international student exchange programmes (short and long-term) and the impact on student outcomes.
- Jones, K. and Howley, M. (2010) An investigation into an interaction programme for children on the autistic spectrum: outcomes for children, perceptions of schools and a model for training. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs. 10(2), pp. 115-123. 1471-3802.
- Hickman, C. and Jones, K. (2009) Inclusive practice for children with special educational needs (SEN). In: Waller, T. (ed.) Waller, Tim An Introduction to Early Childhood: A Multidisciplinary Approach. 2nd ed. London: Sage. pp. 126-151.
- Jones, K., Doveston, M. and Rose, R. (2009) The motivations of mentors: promoting relationships, supporting pupils, engaging with communities. Pastoral Care in Education. 27(1), pp. 41-51. 0264-3944.
- Howley, M. and Jones, K. (2008) Review of outcomes for pupils with social and communication difficulties on the interaction programme. (Unpublished)
- Hickman, C. and Jones, K. (2007) An investigation of an interactive skill building programme for pupils with autistic spectrum disorders with a focus on systems and delivery. Paper presented to: Autism-Europe Oslo, Oslo, Norway, 31 August-2 September 2007. (Unpublished)
- Howley, M. and Jones, K. (2007) Review of outcomes for pupils with social and communication difficulties on the interaction programme. Interim report submitted to Leicester City Special Needs Teaching Service, September 2007 (Unpublished)
- Rose, R. and Jones, K. (2007) The efficacy of a volunteer mentoring scheme in supporting young people at risk. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. 12(1), pp. 3-14. 1363-2752.