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Nicola Carse

Lecturer in Physical Education

Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh
‘Change is a Journey’: Investigating the complex process of curriculum and pedagogical change within Scottish primary physical education


I received an MA (honours) in Political Studies from the University of Aberdeen in 1999. Following my initial degree I undertook a Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education at the University of Edinburgh. After graduating from the PGCE I worked as a primary school teacher for eight years where I developed an interest in environmental education and physical education. Whilst teaching I studied on the Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Physical Education at the University of Edinburgh and then progressed to undertake a PhD at the University of Edinburgh which I completed  in 2012. After completing my PhD I worked as a lecturer at the University of Strathclyde for two and a half years.  I joined the University of Edinburgh in August 2015 in the role of lecturer in primary education.

Research Interests

The focus of my PhD research was investigating curriculum change within the context of Scottish primary physical education.   

My main research interests are in the areas of:

  • Primary Physical Education
  • Teacher Professional Learning and Development
  • Curriculum Development
  • Complexity Theory
  • Sport Education



  • MA Primary Education with..: PEP 3
  • MA Primary Education with..: Educational Studies 3
  • Working with teacher mentors in schools: ‘Supporting Teacher Learning in and through Practice’

Research activities & awards

  1. Teachers and Teaching; Theory and Practice (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

  2. External Examiner University of Wales Trinity St David

    Activity: Examination typesExternal Examiner or Assessor

  3. Professional Development in Education (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

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