Kyffin’s first degree was in International Relations and this international focus has remained an important part of his teaching and research.
After graduating, Kyffin spent some years working in France as an English tutor before returning to England to pursue postgraduate study. Kyffin’s career as a teacher was focused primarily in the area of SEN and particularly Autism. This practice was in the UK and also in Alaska, USA.
Subsequent roles as a classroom and advisory teacher led to Master’s level research focused on Autism and Interactive techniques.
Kyffin joined the University of Northampton in 2002. He has currently submitted his PhD thesis, ‘Stories of Inclusion and Enculturation; the Outsider’s Story’
Current teaching is primarily focused on the Education Studies and Childhood and Youth programmes.
Modules taught include
- The European Dimension
- Comparative and International Studies
- Children in Society – SEN and Inclusion
- Children in Society – Diversity and pluralism
Kyffin’s main areas of research are related to his two main interests namely, international 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.) 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 (Unpublished)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 (Unpublished)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.