Outcome of the Market: The Outdated Mathematics Teacher

  • Alex Montecino
Part of the ICME-13 Monographs book series (ICME13Mo)


This chapter seeks, on the one hand, to illustrate the configuration of a mathematics teacher who is always considered to be outdated, and on the other hand, to discuss the circulation of a promise of salvation embodied in the discourses of permanent training. This chapter aims to contribute to the problematization of “what the mathematics teacher must be” and power effects in the fabrication of mathematics teachers’ subjectivities. A Foucault-inspired discourse analysis is deployed in order to unpack naturalized truths, as well as forces that govern and control teachers. It argues that current research on mathematics teacher frames teachers within a narrative that is characterized by a continuous enunciation of new repertoire of techniques, practices and knowledge that the teacher should have, to become successful. New social demands and interests are conducting teachers into investing more and more in themselves as the only way to improve and to not become outdated in order to stay in the system.


Mathematics teacher Discourse analysis Power effects Permanent training 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

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