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Dr John Ravenscroft

Deputy Head of School / Senior Lecturer

Education, Teaching and Leadership (ETL)


Tel: +44 (0)131 651 6181


Charteris Land


After my first degree in Psychology I became very interested in Cognition, Language and especially Child Language. By various routes I ended up taking a Masters degree in Philosophy and Psychology of Language, this opened up a whole new world of Ontology and Cognition, and for a while I became very interested in Primate Cognition and Primate Thought and for many years I carried around inside my head what it is to be a Rational Animal. Meanwhile I got on with my life and went to live as you do in New Zealand, Japan, and spent some time in Mongolia. Upon my return to the UK after several years working in the Psychology department and even the Parapsychology department at Edinburgh University I became the manager of Visual Impairment Scotland, and created the first UK child visual impairment notification system. I also became the Head of the Scottish Sensory Centre and during this tenure not only did a fulfil an ambition of mine to write a PhD on Primate Thought, I went to Australia for 18 months to the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children to develop and create Australia's first visual impairment notification system. Again upon my return I became Deputy Head of Department for Educational Studies, and now I am currently the Head of Institute for Education, Teaching & Leadership (ETL). Visual Impairment Scotland Scottish Sensory Centre The Australian Childhood Vision Impairment Register   Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Psychology Master of Arts "Philosophy and Psychology of Language" PhD (Edinburgh) "Ontology of Inductive Systems"

Principal interests

Specific areas of interest include: visual impairment inclusion childhood and disability studies the nature of representation primate cognition evolution of the casual mechanisms of cognitive growth Research supervision: I am keen to supervise research under the headings above.I currently have three PhD students covering areas of visual impairment and sport, transition and language. I would particularly like to hear from any students interested combining my interest regarding the nature of representation and disabilities.

Research supervision

Projects supervised by Dr John Ravenscroft

Current and recent research

Current and recent research: School-age Sight Testing in Scotland. (June) Profile of Children with Visual Impairment in Scotland and Australia The Competences of Teachers supporting Children with Visual Impairment Collaborative Working with Children with Complex Needs


Publications list for Dr John Ravenscroft


Post Graduate Courses The Nature of Enquiry Collaborative Working in Children's Services Undergraduate Courses Education 1: Childhood Education 4: Research Methods BA Childhood Practice: Research Methods (2b)

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