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Disciplined by tests
Umeå University, Department of science and mathematics education, Umeå, Sweden.
Umeå University, Department of science and mathematics education, Umeå, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6413-6538
Umeå University, Department of science and mathematics education, Umeå, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7182-5649
2015 (English)In: Nordisk matematikkdidaktikk, NOMAD: [Nordic Studies in Mathematics Education], ISSN 1104-2176, Vol. 20, no 1, p. 55-75Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article reports on a Swedish research project on the reintroduction of national tests in mathematics for nine- to ten-year-old pupils. Data were collected over a period of three years (2010-2012) by video recording test situations in different classrooms and by conducting video-stimulated recall interviews with children. The aim is to explore and analyse the testing situation and how it creates different positions for children. We conclude that discourses of testing, caring and competition, sometimes strengthening and sometimes shadowing each other and thereby, produce knowledge in children about success and failure in mathematics, positioning children as ‘winners’ or ‘losers’. The tests are interpreted as a technology – a form of disciplinary power that functions at the level of the body (Foucault, 1980).

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Göteborg: Nationellt centrum för matematikutbildning (NCM) , 2015. Vol. 20, no 1, p. 55-75
Keywords [en]
ethnographic study, children's perspective, grade three, mathematics, national tests, success, failure
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Didactics Other Mathematics
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didactics of mathematics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-70252OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-70252DiVA, id: diva2:1264178
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Vad gör testandet med eleven? En studie kring nationella prov i matematik
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Swedish Research Council, 2008-32226-60932-55Available from: 2018-11-19 Created: 2018-11-19 Last updated: 2018-11-21Bibliographically approved

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