Dr Justine MacLean (PhD Philosophy)

Lecturer in Physical Education and Programme Director: Year 3 MA (Hons) Physical Education


Justine MacLean has worked as a lecturer in physical education at Moray House Institute, the School of Education of the University of Edinburgh since 1998. She has worked as a physical educator within comprehensive schools and within the commercial, charitable and voluntary sectors. Justine's PhD was in the factors that enable and constrain Physical Education teachers to exercise agency during large-scale educational reform. Justine is currently the Programme Director for year 3 of the MA Physical Education programme and course organiser for Placement. However, Justine's passion is to use her research and teaching to help students develop resilience, exercise agency and reach their full potential.


  • (1989-1993) BEd (Hons) Physical Education, Herriot-Watt University.
  • (1999-2002) MEd Advanced Educational Studies, University of Edinburgh
  • (2015-2018) PhD Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Responsibilities & affiliations

Justine’s main remit is to teach on the MA(PE) Hons programme and undertake research within this area. Justine is a member of the Physical Education Forum and Pedagogy, Curriculum and Learning research group and works collaboratively with other staff in Sport and Recreational Management, Sports Science and the Primary Education course. Justine has acted as a reviewer for a number of academic journals including Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy and the European Physical Education Review.

Undergraduate teaching

  • Physical Education Perspectives in Sociocultural: The body, the self and negotiating social relationships; identity and agency; Curriculum and Policy.
  • Physical Education Perspectives in Aesthetics: Phenomenology; physical literacy, aesthetic experience.
  • Physical Education Curriculum: Curriculum and Policy; Nat 5 and Higher Physical Education.
  • Physical Education Investigation: Topics include; teacher agency, enabling curriculum change, gender identity, social justice, confidence and self-efficacy.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

  • pedagogy and curriculum in physical education
  • teaching and learning aesthetic perspectives on physical education
  • developing self-esteem and confidence through physical education

Current and recent research

  • Curriculum and policy enactment within Health and Wellbeing
  • Teacher agency

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