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Abstract

We take an experience of educational failure in school mathematics to illustrate the liberal capitalist ideology at work in educational institutions. This will be done by means of confronting the official discourse, which posits inclusion and equity as fundamental goals of mathematics education, with its actualization within a secondary school, whose student-intake can be labeled as marginalised or underprivileged. What normally runs well within the official discourse, when actualized in a specific practice, often encounters a series of obstacles that end up perverting the official intention. Usually research strives for identifying such obstacles under the imperative to eliminate them. This is assumed to ensure the full actualization of the official aims. However, we are instead interested in understanding these obstacles since they stand for the symptomatic points, which allow one to grasp the ideology manifest in current educational practices.
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We take an experience of educational failure in school mathematics to illustrate the liberal capitalist ideology at work in educational institutions. This will be done by means of confronting the official discourse, which posits inclusion and equity as fundamental goals of mathematics education, with its actualization within a secondary school, whose student-intake can be labeled as marginalised or underprivileged. What normally runs well within the official discourse, when actualized in a specific practice, often encounters a series of obstacles that end up perverting the official intention. Usually research strives for identifying such obstacles under the imperative to eliminate them. This is assumed to ensure the full actualization of the official aims. However, we are instead interested in understanding these obstacles since they stand for the symptomatic points, which allow one to grasp the ideology manifest in current educational practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eight' Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education
EditorsBehiye Ubuz, Çiğdem Haser, Maria Alessandra Mariotti
Number of pages9
PublisherEuropean Society for Research in Mathematics Education
Publication date2013
Pages1794-1803
ISBN (Print)978-975-429-315-9
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
EventEighth Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education (CERME 8 - Antalya, Turkey
Duration: 6 Feb 201310 Feb 2013
Conference number: 8
http://cerme8.metu.edu.tr/

Conference

ConferenceEighth Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education (CERME 8
Nummer8
LandTurkey
ByAntalya
Periode06/02/201310/02/2013
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