Scottish Physical education Network

Recently, physical education (PE) has experienced a revival in many western countries.  This is partly as a result of global concerns about obesity and physical inactivity.  Consequently, PE has become synonymous with health and wellbeing.  This represents a shift in the way that PE is defined and presents a challenge to promote the educational contribution the subject makes to the lives of young people whilst simultaneously expanding the scope of the subject to incorporate health and wellbeing.  To meet this challenge PE is experiencing significant curricular and pedagogical change and research has a key role to play in informing such developments.  In Scotland, there is a recent and growing interest by PE practitioners, teacher educators, academics and policy makers for engaging in research.  This research has a valuable contribution to make and would benefit from wider dissemination.   Therefore this SERA network provides a forum to support this dissemination by connecting all key stakeholders who have an interest in PE and HWB both within and beyond the Scottish context.  It will provide a forum to discuss and debate current issues and research in PE and health and wellbeing, creating a platform for the development of high quality, interdisciplinary and impactful research.

New activities in 2017!

NEW: Network Seminar: Thursday 26th January, St Leonard's Land, University of Edinburgh

  • Transformative Learning and Teaching in Physical Education (Malcolm Thorburn) 
  •  Physical Education in a World of Complexity (Mike Jess/Nicola Carse)


Network activities held in 2016

1. Launch Event for Scottish Physical Education Network at University of Edinburgh,  January 2016.

2. Established Twitter account for the network @ScotPERN.

3. Network Workshop - Saturday 4th June 2016 

3. The focus of the workshop in Dundee was on research methods.  We discussed research projects that members of the network had been involved with and shared our ideas for future research.  Many thanks to the University of Dundee for hosting us.


4. Network Seminar: Social and Emotional Learning in Physical Education, led by Dr Paul Wright (Northern Illinois University).  Wednesday 21st September 5pm - 7pm, Room JA 504- John Anderson Building University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.


Thank you to Paul for a really interesting seminar and to the University of Strathclyde for hosting us.


5. Network Meeting: 5th November 2016, Scottish Association of Teachers of Physical Education Conference (SATPE), Denny High School

Enjoying some research speed dating at the SATPE conference.  Thank you to the former students from University of Edinburgh and University of Stirling who shared the research from their dissertations as part of this session.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

6. Network Meeting: 23rd November 2016, SERA Conference, Dundee

Network conveners:

  • Dr. Nicola Carse, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh 
  • Dr. Shirley Gray, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh 

For information contact: Dr Shirley Gray or                                                                               Dr. Nicola Carse

Twitter: @ScotPERN