Wilma Irvine

Teaching Fellow in Primary PE: MAPE Programme Coordinator Year 1


Wilma is a member of the Developmental Physical Education Group at the University whose main area of research is 3-14 Primary Physical Education.  Having previously taught in both the secondary and primary sectors and gained recognition as a Chartered Teacher as well as undertaking modules of the PE and Youth Sport Masters programme, Wilma joined the University staff in 2005 as a part time teaching fellow and subsequently became a full time member of staff in 2014. This full time position involves continuing curriculum and pedagogy development work along with teaching across the MA Primary Education and MA Physical Education programmes. 

Wilma is currently Course Organiser for the MAPE Year 1 PECP course and Course Organiser for the MAPE Year 2 PEP and Placement experiences  and this year has taken on the role of Programme Coordinator for MAPE Year 1

Since working at the University Wilma has been involved with the Basic Moves Programme directed by Dr Mike Jess, the 3-14 Post Graduate Certificate in Primary PE and the Scottish Primary Physical Education Project (Scottish Government 2006). Current research with this group is based around the Teacher Practioner Enquiry Project led by Dr Nicola Carse , the development of online resources and  a pilot study developing a  Lesson study approach with Undergraduate PE students

Responsibilities & affiliations

Wilma is a member of PCRE: www.ed.ac.uk/education/pcre

Undergraduate teaching


  • MA (Hons ) PE Yrs 1 & 4
  • MA PE Year 2 PEP and Placement Coordinator
  • Health and Wellbeing:  a critical approach to reflecting on the concpt of 'health and wellbeing'. 
  • MA Primary Education (with Gaelic), Primary Studies Yrs 1, 2 &  3 PE and Dance
  • MAPrimary Education Year 4 Elective (Contemporary Vison for Primary Physical Education)
  • PGDE Primary PE 

Research summary

Although Wilma's work covers all age stages in the Primary school her main interest is with the upper primary curriculum and pedagogy and in particular

  • Holistic learning in Primary Physical Education
  • The teaching of Dance from Early Years to late primary, including developing a model of Dance Education for the Primary School

Current research interests

Developing Lesson Study with undergraduate students. Developing Lesson Study with undergraduate students. Wilma's research work with the undergraduate student’s experiences of Lesson Study is ongoing: initially presented at the 2018 and 2019 SERA conferences the current project, developing a Lesson Study approach in Initial Teacher Education (LS-ITE) - Principal's Teaching Award Scheme. 2020 - 2022 will focus on developing a digital resource for ITE A self-study around current research projects is also part of Wilma’ interests.

Knowledge exchange

CPD Delivery is extensive across many local authorities in both Scotland and England including Orkney, Aberdeen, Edinburgh Roehampton and Sunderland and covers a range of courses and National conferences such as:

  • Basic Moves
  • Developmental Games
  • Developmental Dance 
  • Dance Education
  • Whole School Development Projects
  • PG cert 3-14 PE
  • LTS
  • AfPE National Conference (2011)