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Educational policy to improve mathematics instruction at scale: Conceptualizing contextual factors
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication, Educational Sciences and Mathematics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3329-0177
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication, Educational Sciences and Mathematics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0120-9829
(English)In: Educational Studies in Mathematics, ISSN 0013-1954, E-ISSN 1573-0816Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Theories for conceptualizing educational policies aimed at improving classroom instruction at scale are under development in the educational sciences. In using such theories, it is essential to note the specific educational context. In this article, we conceptualize the role of contextual factors when operationalizing Cobb and Jackson (2012)[Journal of the Learning Sciences] in the Swedish context. Drawing on data and results from a large-scale project carried out during 20122017, studies of Swedish educational contexts, and international research, we conceptualize contextual factors for large-scale projects. Besides rather obvious explicit contextual factors such as ongoing policies and practices, we elaborate on how the underlying, more implicit contextual factors of (1) the positioning of teachers within the educational system, (2) the positioning of teachers within the classroom, and (3) traditions of visible and invisible pedagogy affected the establishment of policy in the Swedish context. Insight into these factors deepens earlier frameworks of context, and helps not only to operationalize of the policy within the context but also in making explicit hidden features of a cultural context that are important to influence if the aim of the educational policy is to reorganize school practices.

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educational context, educational policies at scale, mathematics education, professional development, classroom practices
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-45271DOI: 10.1007/s10649-019-09887-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-45271DiVA, id: diva2:1352849
Available from: 2019-09-20 Created: 2019-09-20 Last updated: 2019-09-25Bibliographically approved

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