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Makeba Jones

Associate Teaching Professor

Dr. Makeba Jones has a Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Jones' specific interests reside in school reform, educational equity, and urban education. Jones has expertise in areas such as the social and cultural organization of schools, student engagement, tracking/ability grouping, secondary school reform, educational policy, teacher professional development, school-university partnerships, high school to college transitions, and youth leadership/development. Dr. Jones has over 15 years of experience in design-based collaborations with San Diego county teachers, students, principals, and district administrators on a range of school reform initiatives. This design-based programmatic and evaluative work focused on school structures and cultures related to student learning and achievement, youth development and engagement, teacher engagement, student-teacher relationships, and college preparation. Dr. Jones has particular expertise and experience conducting youth voice research projects designed to educate school leaders about educational equity from the perspectives of youth.

University of California, Los Angeles

Education, Ph.D.  2000

University of California, San Diego

Anthropology, B.A 1992

Sociology, B.A. 1992

Jones, M. and Yonezawa, S. “Student-Driven Research.” Educational Leadership, Vol. 66 No. 4, pp. 65-69 (Dec. 2008/Jan. 2009).

Yonezawa, S., Jones, M. and Joselowsky, F. “Youth Engagement in High Schools:  Developing a Multidimensional, Critical Approach to Improving Engagement for All Students.” Journal for Educational Change, Vol. 10, pp. 191-209 (April 2009).

Mehan, H. & Jones, M. “Trying to bend the bars of the iron cage: The possibilities and  limitations of charter schools as models for successful school reform.” In H. Mehan, In, College's Front Door: Creating a College Bound Culture of Learning in High Schools.  Paradigm Publishers. (2012).  

Jones, M. ’I Need More Information:’ How College Advising is Still Absent from College Preparation in High Schools. Policy brief repared for UC/ACCORD. (2013)   

Jones, M. “Youth-Led Action Research: A Lesson in Letting Go of Control.” In H. Lattimer and S. Caillier, (Eds.), Surviving and Thriving with Teacher Action Research: Reflections and Advice from the Field. Peter Lang Publishing. (2015)