Dr Sarah Pearce

Staff details

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.

Publications and research outputs


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


Pearce, Sarah. 2023. ‘Why are we doing this if there’s no connection?’ The importance of prior experience in academic learning on a Master’s programme. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 47(4), pp. 563-575. ISSN 0309-877X

Lewis, Kirstin and Pearce, Sarah. 2022. High attaining students, marketisation and the absence of care: everyday experiences in an urban academy. Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 30(2), pp. 261-280. 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. 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

Further profile content

Professional projects

I work with schools who want to develop their practice in relation to anti-racism and decolonisation.

Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups

I am a member of the Centre for Identities and Social Justice

Research projects

I am currently working with a team of colleagues researching how race and racism are addressed in schools.