Mathematics Teachers as Products and Agents: To Be and Not to Be. That’s the Point!

  • Alex MontecinoEmail author
  • Paola Valero


Studying mathematics teachers in the Political invites to understand how teachers’ subjectivities emerge in the entanglement of the individual in discursive-material formations. We focus on the power effects of the expert discourses by international agencies such as OECD and UNESCO in the fabrication of the mathematics teacher’s subjectivity. Deploying a Foucault-inspired discourse analysis on a series of documents produced by these agencies, we argue that nowadays cultural thesis about who the mathematics teacher should be are framed in a double bind of the teacher as a policy product and as a sales agent. Narratives about the mathematics teacher are made possible within a dispositive of control, which makes mathematics education and mathematics teachers the cornerstone for realizing current market-oriented, competitive, and globalized societies.


Mathematics Teacher Economic Cooperation International Agency Mathematics Achievement Effective Teacher 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering and ScienceAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  2. 2.Faculty of ScienceStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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