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Michael Jess

Senior Lecturer


Mike Jess is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh where, for many years, he has co-ordinated the Developmental Physical Education Group (DPEG): a group of teacher educators, teachers and researchers whose focus is innovation in curriculum, pedagogy, professional learning and policy.  His personal interests focus on the relationship between complexity thinking, ecological perspectives and practice and, more recently, how self-study, personal vision, lesson study and boundary crossing can support teachers’ long term professional learning. He was previously joint director of the Scottish Primary Physical Education Project: a project set up by the Scottish Government to help over 1,000 primary teachers develop a specialism in physical education.  In recent years, he has been a member of the International Advisory Board for the World Bank-funded Renovation of General Education Project (RGEP) in Vietnam and also as a curriculum writer for the UNESCO-funded Pre-Service Teacher Reform Project in Myanmar. Mike has presented at many international conferences and has written extensively on children’s physical education.

Current Research Interests

Research interests include:

  • Physical Education
  • Curriculum, Pedagogy & Professional Learning
  • Complexity Theory

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