Dr Maureen Fay Legge

PhD, MEd, DipEd, DipPE, DipTchg


Dr Maureen Legge is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education.

Maureen lectures in physical education, teacher education, critical pedagogy, understanding Māoritanga in relation to teaching te ao kori, adventure based learning, games and outdoor education, and quality teaching in physical education.

Research | Current

Core themes:

  • culture & identity
  • critical pedagogy
  • lived experience
  • physical education
  • outdoor education
  • teacher education

Maureen's research is qualitative represented by autoethnographic storied accounts and critical narrative inquiry underpinned by the concept of reflexivity in methodology. She is particularly interested in methodologies for researching lived experience such as;

  • autoethnograpy
  • group memory-work
  • narrative inquiry and analysis
  • action research

At the heart of her research is a quest for better cross-cultural understanding between Māori and Pākehā to support biculturally responsive learning and teaching. Maureen's research interests are practitioner-led or practice based. This means her research and practice are not isolated but integrated activities that borrow from, inform and support each other.


Teaching | Current

  • PHYSED 101 Games and Sport Education
  • EDCURRIC 230 Physical Education Ngā Kākano
  • EDCURRIC 235 Recreation and Leisure
  • EDCURRIC 236 Teaching Outdoor Education
  • EDCURRIC 431 Physical Education Pedagogy

Postgraduate supervision

Jo Gray - Teaching as Inquiry in Physical Education: One Primary School's Journey using a Professional Learning Community. Master of Education (2011)

Cheng Deng - PhD candidate (2015)

Rajesh Ram - PhD candidate (2017)

Yanming Li - PhD candidate (2017)

Karen Lomas - PhD candidate (2017)


Programme Leader Bachelor of Physical Education


Course Director 100%

  • EDCURRIC 230 Physical Education Ngā Kākano
  • EDCURRIC 236 Teaching Outdoor Education
  • EDCURSEC 610 Education Outside the Classroom

Areas of expertise

Physical education curriculum and pedagogy with an emphasis on teacher education in particular for te ao kori, dance, adventure games and outdoor education. In terms of research Maureen's expertise is in narrative inquiry, autoethnography, poetic transcription, action research, case study and critical inquiry.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Faculty of Education Workload Committee: Elected member
  • Faculty of Education, School of Curriculum and Pedagogy TLQAP Committee; Chairperson of course review committee
  • Faculty of Education, School of Curriculum and Pedagogy Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Faculty of Education, Bachelor of Physical Education Qualifications Committee
  • Faculty of Education, Bachelor of Physical Education, Health and Sport Studies (BPEHSS) Degree development committee
  • Faculty of Education, Bachelor of Physical Education (BPE) student review committee
  • Faculty of Education, Committee member for the Association Internationale des Ecoles Superieures d'Education Physique International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP) World Congress to be held at the University of Auckland in 10-14 February 2014.
  • Faculty of Education, University of Auckland supervisor for masters and doctoral students.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Sutherland, S., & Legge, M. (2016). The possibilities of “doing” outdoor and/or adventure education in physical education/teacher education. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 35 (4), 299-312. 10.1123/jtpe.2016-0161
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34711
  • Remington, T., & Legge, M. (2016). Outdoor education in rural primary schools in New Zealand: a narrative inquiry. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 17 (1), 55-66. 10.1080/14729679.2016.1175362
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31613
  • Legge, M. F., & Smith, W. (2014). Teacher Education and Experiential Learning: A Visual Ethnography. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39 (39).10.14221/ajte.2014v39n12.7
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Wayne Smith
  • Legge, M. F. (2014). Autoethnography and Teacher Education: Snapshot Stories of Cultural Encounter. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39 (5), 117-131. 10.14221/ajte.2014v39n5.1
  • Legge, M. F. (2013). Ordinary and Extraordinary Stories from Aotearoa New Zealand: A Teacher Educator’s Autoethnographic Account of the Struggle to be Bicultural. European Educational Research Journal, 12 (3), 354-366. 10.2304/eerj.2013.12.3.354
  • Cosgriff, M., Legge, M., Brown, M., Boyes, M., Zink, R., & Irwin, D. (2012). Outdoor learning in Aotearoa New Zealand: Voices past, present, and future. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 12 (3), 221-235. 10.1080/14729679.2012.699808
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/19475
  • Legge, M. F. (2011). Te ao kori as expressive movement in Aotearoa New Zealand physical education teacher education (PETE): A narrative account. Asia Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, 2 (3/4), 81-95.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/8857
  • Legge, M. F. (2008). A snapshot of place based learning in a marae context: An autoethnographic account. New Zealand Journal of Outdoor Education: Ko Tāne Mahuta Pupuke, 2 (4), 87-102.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/8860

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 526
New Zealand