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Student Equity vs Test Equality?: support during third graders' national tests in mathematics in Sweden
Department of science and mathematics education, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7182-5649
2016 (English)In: Cursiv [publisher: Institut for Didaktik, Danmarks Pædagogiske Universitetsskole, Aarhus Universitet, DK], ISSN 1901-8878, E-ISSN 1901-8886, no 18, p. 123-139Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article throws light on the educational practice of teachers providing additional support to students during tests, more specifically during the national tests in mathematics for third graders in Sweden (hereafter called Ntm3) for the years 2010 and 2011. Both the test instructions and teacher talk related to these tests were taken into consideration. The results suggest that issues of equity and teachers’ agency arise when considering support. The dual purpose of the test, to evaluate the student and to evaluate the education, positions the teacher as both a test-giver and a test-taker and influences the discourse on support by ambiguity. I found that in such circumstances, when students´ equity comes into conflict with the test´s equality, the focus during the tests shifts from attention to learning to attention to controlling.

Abstract [sv]

Denna artikel studerar förutsättningarna för det stöd som kan ges till elever i samband med det nationella provet i matematik i det tredje skolåret (härefter kallat Ntm3), i Sverige under 2010 och 2011. Den stöddiskurs som aktiveras i samband med proven har avgränsats genom att provets instruktioner samt åtta intervjuer med lärare har analyserats. Resultaten indikerar att provet leder till att provdeltagarnas fokus förskjuts från lärande till kontroll och att provets dubbla syften positionerar läraren som både testtagare och testgivare. Detta visar sig som en ambivalens i stöddiskursen och leder till ett pedagogiskt dilemma i situationer där provets likvärdighet sätts mot elevens.

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Köpenhamn: Danish School of Education, Aarhus University , 2016. no 18, p. 123-139
Keywords [en]
National tests, mathematics, special needs, discourse, support, multilingual pupils, third grade, teacher talk
Keywords [sv]
nationella prov, matematik, tredje klass, särskilda behov, särskilt stöd
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-70242OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-70242DiVA, id: diva2:1264188
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The Nordic Research network on Special Needs Education in Mathematics (NORSMA 7), Copenhagen, Denmark, November 14-15, 2013
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Vad gör testandet med eleverna? En studie kring nationella prov i matematik
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p ISBN 978-87-7684-722-7. e ISBN: 978-87-7684-721-0

Originally published in thesis in manuscript form with the title: Pupil’s equity vs the test’s equality? Support during third graders National tests in Mathematics in Sweden.

Available from: 2018-11-19 Created: 2018-11-19 Last updated: 2018-11-22Bibliographically approved

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