Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Mathematics Education as a Matter of Policy

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_523



Mathematics is a subject that makes part of compulsory schooling, vocational education, and also a wide range of further higher studies. It is an area that became highly regulated by policies in the past and in the current functioning of massive education systems. Citizens’ mathematical knowledge and competence are considered fundamental for the maintenance of modern forms of life. More recently, mathematical achievement is taken to be an important indicator of school success and, with it, individual and social progress. Thinking of mathematics education as a matter of policy posits pedagogical and educational processes related to mathematics in the terrain of biopolitical technologies for the governing of teachers, students, and school administrators (by the others and by themselves) and, in ultimate instance, populations. This means conceiving of mathematics education in terms of governmentality (Foucault 2014).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Science EducationStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Universidade do Vale do Rio dos SinosSao LeopoldoBrazil

Section editors and affiliations

  • Paola Valero
    • 1
  • Gelsa Knijnik
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Science EducationStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Graduate Program on EducationUniversidade do Vale do Rio dos SinosSao LeopoldoBrazil