In this article, I draw on post-structural and feminist epistemologies to analyse interview data from two prospective teachers on a primary education degree. Specifically I use Foucauldian critical discourse analysis to discuss the competing discourses of the masculine mathematician and the feminine primary school teacher. The initial purpose of the article is to deconstruct the themes of control, choice and confidence, which I argue are prevalent within mathematical discourses within our current neoliberal society. A further aim of the article is to explore the representation of discourse and data within educational texts, which I do by experimenting with the language used throughout.
Anna Llewellyn has written an article called ‘Gender games’: a post-structural exploration of the prospective teacher, mathematics and identity. The article was published online in Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education on Tuesday this week. Here is the abstract of Llewellyn’s article: