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

Undergraduate teaching


  • MA (Hons ) PE Yrs 1 & 4
  • MA PE Year 2 PEP and Placement Coordinator
  • Educational Studies 1a: Education al Research, Academic LIteracies & Professional Learning
  • MA Primary Education, Primary Studies Yrs 1, 2 &  3 PE and Dance
  • MAPrimary Education Year 4 Elective (Contemporary Vison for Primary Physical Education)
  • PGDE Primary Expressive Arts Dance

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. Wilma's research work with the undergraduate students experiences of Lesson Study will be presented at the 2018 SERA Conference Working with the Edinburgh teachers invloved int the DPEG Practitioner Inquiry project . Developing on line resources for the DPEG digital web site. Over the next three year period carrying out a self study around current research projects.

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)