How inconvenient assumptions affect preservice teachers' uptake of new interactional patterns in mathematics: analysis and aspiration through a bifocal lens

Klein, Mary (2012) How inconvenient assumptions affect preservice teachers' uptake of new interactional patterns in mathematics: analysis and aspiration through a bifocal lens. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 80 (1-2). pp. 25-40.

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Abstract

In this paper, I highlight the inadequacies of contemporary theoretical and philosophical orthodoxies to fully address pedagogic change. The required change is in mathematics education, and it has to do with enabling preservice teachers, upon graduation, to rework extant power relations in implementing new interactional patterns that centre the mathematics and the learner in dynamic, productive interaction. I interpret data from published research and my own teaching using psychological, overlaid with poststructuralist, constructs of the relationship between knowledge and action. In data interpretation I read through the words for a psychological interpretation (meaning), and I look at the words for poststructuralist indications of subjectification and identity formation (related to how well students recognise themselves as full participants in the combined discourses of mathematics and education). I have my cake and eat it; contradictory notions of the learner and learning to teach in innovative ways are held together to demonstrate (a) how it can happen that a teacher educator's aspirations can be held ransom to constituted assumptions that inconveniently work against change, and (b) how the recognition that humanist assumptions, mathematical proficiency and agency are discursively constituted (Davies, 1990) can suggest avenues for change in teacher education.

Item ID: 21277
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: education policy, mathematics education, numeracy, school mathematics, teacher identity
ISBN: 978-94-007-0553-1
ISSN: 1573-0816
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2012 06:59
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 100%
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