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ERIC Number: EJ1103757
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1954
Problematising the Pursuit of Progress in Mathematics Education
Llewellyn, Anna
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v92 n3 p299-314 Jul 2016
In this article, I use a Foucauldian poststructural analysis to examine productions of progress within key discursive spaces of mathematics education. These sites of production are educational policy, mathematics education research and case studies of primary school student-teachers in England. From my analysis, I show how progress governs what is possible in the classroom, as they become constructed around a measurable, linear temporality assumed in educational policy. This encourages comparison to and pursuit of the "normal" mathematical child, which in educational policy is produced as a functional automaton, whilst for much of mathematics education research is produced as the cognitive "natural" child. These over sanitised constructions result in confusion for student-teachers who struggle to take these impossible discourses on board.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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