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1 University of Plymouth

Abstract : In this paper, I use interviews with two teachers, drawn from a small scale study of four schools, to illustrate the way in which mathematics assessment is used as a form of capital in teachers- wider professional lives and the effect that this is likely to have on teaching practices in mathematics. Assessment is high-stakes for English schools and outcomes are increasingly measured numerically in terms of annual -pupil progress-. I use an analysis based on Bourdieu to illustrate how this affords competition between teachers for grades and potentially brings them into conflict with each other. I argue that the effect of this kind of professional capital is likely to be unhelpful in relation to what is known to be effective use of assessment in mathematics teaching.

Keywords : Assessment Bourdieu professional capitals competition

Author: Nick Pratt -



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