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Problematising the pursuit of progress in mathematics education

Llewellyn, A.

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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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Llewellyn, A. (2016). Problematising the pursuit of progress in mathematics education. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 92(3), 299-314. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10649-015-9645-8

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 31, 2015
Online Publication Date Oct 13, 2015
Publication Date Jul 1, 2016
Deposit Date Nov 2, 2015
Publicly Available Date Oct 13, 2016
Journal Educational Studies in Mathematics
Print ISSN 0013-1954
Electronic ISSN 1573-0816
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 92
Issue 3
Pages 299-314
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10649-015-9645-8

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