Professor John Davis


Personal statement

Professor John M Davis is a Professor of Education at the University of Strathclyde.  John previously worked at the University of Edinburgh as director of the BA in Childhood Studies, Head of Department of Educational Studies and subsequently, Professor of Childhood Inclusion.  He has also been chair of the Childhood Practice development group which develop the innovative qualification for managers/leaders of early learning, out of school, childminding, family support and related services. His research focuses on childhood, disability, inclusion and social justice and seeks to support children, young people, parents and professionals to develop creative and innovative solutions to their life issues.  John’s research has utilized participatory childhood research methods to support children and young people to gain recognition for their perspectives concerning inclusion, social justice and integrated working. His collaborative knowledge exchange projects have supported children, families and professionals to develop contemporary, innovative and inclusive children’s services. His work has also examined international approaches to multi-professional working and increased our understanding of the factors that foster creative and innovative learning. 














John M Davis
Professor of Education
School of Education
University of Strathclyde
Toom 525, Level 5
Lord Hope Building1
41 St James Road
G4 0LT



Acts of pedagogical resistance : marking out an ethical boundary against human technologies
McNair Lynn J, Blaisdell Caralyn, Davis John M, Addison Luke J
Policy Futures in Education Vol 19, pp. 478-492 (2021)
Creativity in primary schools : an analysis of a teacher's attempt to foster childhood creativity within the context of the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence
Kyritsi Krystallia, Davis John M
Improving Schools Vol 24, pp. 47-61 (2021)
Towards a more participatory fulfilment of young children's rights in early learning settings : unpacking universalist ideals in India, Scotland and the EU
Blaisdell Caralyn, Davis John M, Aruldoss Vinnarasan, McNair Lynn
The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children's Rights (2019) (2019)
Factors that influence elementary school teachers' attitudes towards inclusion of visually impaired children in Turkey
Ravenscroft John, Davis John, Bilgin Mert, Wazni Kerry
Disability and Society Vol 34, pp. 629-656 (2019)
The continuing need for child led approaches within inclusive systems : a focus on transition across 8 European countries
Davis John
Inclusion, Equity and Access for Individuals with Disabilities Insights from Educators across World (2019) (2019)
Irish diaspora and sporting cultures of conflict, stability and unity : analysing the power politics of community development, resistance and disempowerment through a case study comparison of Benny Lynch and 'The Glasgow Effect'
Quarrell Christina Milarvie, Davis John
Culture, Community, and Development (2019) (2019)

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