Dr Sarah Pearce

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Position Lecturer
Department Educational Studies
Email s.pearce (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7078 5008
Dr Sarah Pearce

My research looks at how race and racism impact on teaching and learning. I have studied how white teachers understand their work in multi-ethnic classrooms; how students from diverse backgrounds experience the current schooling system as lacking in care; and how Islamophobia affects relationships between teachers and Muslim families. I am currently looking at how Master’s programmes can better meet the needs of students of colour and respond to the decolonisation movement.



Pearce, Sarah . 2005. You Wouldn't Understand: white teachers in multiethnic classrooms. Trentham Books. ISBN 1858563623


Lewis, Kirstin and Pearce, Sarah . 2020. High attaining students, marketisation and the absence of care: everyday experiences in an urban academy. Pedagogy, Culture and Society, ISSN 1468-1366

Pearce, Sarah and Lewis, Kirstin . 2019. Changing attitudes to cultural difference: perceptions of Muslim families in English schools. Cambridge Journal of Education, 49(1), pp. 1-14. ISSN 0305-764X

Pearce, Sarah . 2018. ‘It was the small things’: Using the concept of racial microaggressions as a tool for talking to new teachers about racism. Teaching and Teacher Education, 79, pp. 83-92. ISSN 0742-051X

Pearce, Sarah . 2016. An emotional, intellectual and practical resource: black experiences and expertise on teaching about racism. Pedagogy Culture and Society, 24(1), pp. 161-168. ISSN 1468-1366

Pearce, Sarah . 2014. Dealing with racist incidents: what do beginning teachers learn from schools? Race Ethnicity and Education, 17(3), pp. 388-406. ISSN 1361-3324

Pearce, Sarah . 2012. Confronting dominant whiteness in the primary classroom: progressive student teachers’ dilemmas and constraints. Oxford Review of Education, 38(4), pp. 455-472. ISSN 0305-4985

Pearce, Sarah . 2012. Confronting Dominant Whiteness in the Primary Classroom: progressive student teachers’ dilemmas and constraints. Oxford Review Of Education, 38(4), pp. 455-472. ISSN 0305-4985

Pearce, Sarah . 2010. Understanding Institutional Racism. Race Equality Teaching, 28(2), pp. 15-18. ISSN 1478-8551

Pearce, Sarah . 2004. The development of one teacher's understanding of practitioner research in a multi-ethnic primary school. Educational Action Research, 12(1), pp. 7-18. ISSN 09650792

Pearce, Sarah . 2003. Compiling the White Inventory: the practice of whiteness in a British primary school. Cambridge Journal of Education, 33(2), pp. 273-288. ISSN 0305-764X

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Professional projects

I am part of a team of colleagues which works with schools to develop their anti-racist or inclusive practice