Research Staff Interests

Dr Cathie  Pearce


Cathie Pearce (BEd Hons, MA in Teaching by Research, PhD) is a research fellow at the Institute of Education. Having been a Senior lecturer in Education for four years at Manchester Metropolitan University, she moved to a full time research post in September 2006. She has had a broad range of teaching experiences in inner city primary schools and has recently completed her Phd 'Experiencing and Experimenting with Pedagogies and Research'.

Research Interests

Qualitative research methods, postmodern and deconstruction approaches, reflexivity evaluation and action research

Refereed Journal Articles

Pearce C. (2013) 'Who's afraid of research? Ethics, politics and laughter in educational research projects.' International Review of Qualitative Research 6(3) online here

Pearce, C. Kidd, D., Patterson, R. and Hanley, U. (2012) 'The Politics of Becoming…making time.' Qualitative Inquiry 18(5) pp418-427 online here

Pearce, C. (2010) 'Book review: an ethical approach to Practitioner Research' by Campbell, A and Groundwater-Smith Educational Review 62(2) online here

Pearce, C. (2010) 'The life of Suggestions.' Qualitiative Inquiry 16(10) pp902-908 online here

Pearce, C. & MacLure, M. (2009) 'The wonder of method.' International Journal of Research and Method in Education 32(3) pp249-265 online here

Stronach, I., Garratt, D., Pearce, C. and Piper, H. (2007) 'Reflexivity, the picturing of selves and the forging of method.' Qualitative Inquiry 13(2) pp179-203 online here

Book Chapters

Pearce, C. (2010) Teaching and Research, in Arthur, J. and Cremin, T. (eds) Learning to Teach in the Primary School 2nd edition

Pearce, C. (2009) Passionate Places and Fragmented Spaces, in Schostak, J. and Schostak, J. (eds) Researching Violence, Democracy and the Rights of People

Research Reports

2007 Interim report for Barclays Spaces for Sports Project

2006 Base line report for Barclays Spaces for Sports Project

2005 Evaluation report for parenting course, Guinness Housing Trust Charity

2005 Creative Partnerships in Education 'Of This Planet' evaluation report. Phase Two

2004 Creative Partnerships in Education 'Of This Planet' evaluation report. Phase One

October 2002 Diversity and Needs in Gorton. Phase Three. Early Years Childcare and Development Partnership

Sept 2001 Diversity and Needs in Gorton. Phase Two. Early Years Childcare Development Partnership

Feb 2001 Two Manchester Wards. Phase One. Early Years Childcare Development Partnership

A member of the CARN(Collaborative Action research network) Coordinating team

A lead member of the organising team that hosted a CARN International conference in Manchester 2003

An active member of Bladerunner reading group at MMU which addresses philosophy, theory and methodology

A personal tutor for undergraduate students on the BA (Hons)


link to eSpace publications

Research-based Contributions to Practitioner and Academic Conferences

2007 CARN Umea University Sweden. Collaboration and Ethics.

2006 CESE (Comparative Education and Sociology in Europe) Singing Difference from the Universal Hymn Sheet.

2006 CESE Conference, Granada. Children’s Rights and Violence.

2006 CARN Nottingham University. Symposium on research in differing institutional contexts.

2006 Discourse, Power, Resistance Conference, MMU. Cabinet of Curiosities (with Maggie Maclure)

Invited seminars and workshops

2007 A day workshop on Collaboration and Ethics, Edge Hill University

2005 workshop for CILT (National School for Languages) on Action research methodologies with John Schostak

2003 A day workshop on research methodology for a multi disciplinary Masters course, Exeter University

Teaching Interests

Inter-relationships between theory and practice; teaching and research, research methodologies,reflexivity, identity, community, inclusion

Areas of Post-graduate Supervision

EdDoc supervision





Position/Post: Research Fellow
Tel: 0161-247-2074
Location: Brooks 1.06