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Delacour, Laurence
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Delacour, L. (2022). Mathematics in Swedish Multilingual Preschool: Human and Nonhuman Actors and the Devolution Process. Philosophy of Mathematics Education Journal, 39
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mathematics in Swedish Multilingual Preschool: Human and Nonhuman Actors and the Devolution Process
2022 (English)In: Philosophy of Mathematics Education Journal, ISSN 1465-2978, Vol. 39Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores how a bilingual preschool teacher creates mathematical preconditions and socio–psychological premises that advance children’s understanding of mathematical concepts, and considers factors such as language and materiality that influence mathematical activities in a multilingual Swedish preschool. Elements of situation theory (devolution processes) and of actor-network theory (materiality as mediator) interact. This article highlights whether some didactic contracts promote interactions between materiality and multilingual children in two mathematical activities, one planned and controlled by the teacher to introduce the concept of shapes and the other spontaneous, in which the teacher follows the children’s desires.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Exeter Press, 2022
Keywords
Devolution process, didactic contract, materiality, mathematics, multilingual, preschool teacher
National Category
Didactics
Research subject
Mathematics education; Child and youth studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-63556 (URN)
Available from: 2023-11-09 Created: 2023-11-09 Last updated: 2024-01-31Bibliographically approved
Delacour, L. (2020). Expectations and discourses in multilingual preschool mathematics: Case study of a teacher of immigrant background. Philosophy of Mathematics Education Journal (36)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Expectations and discourses in multilingual preschool mathematics: Case study of a teacher of immigrant background
2020 (English)In: Philosophy of Mathematics Education Journal, ISSN 1465-2978, no 36Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Preschool teachers have the important task of stimulating children in their development and preparing them for future schooling and lifelong learning. Many Swedish preschools today are characterized by great linguistic diversity among children and teachers. Many studies highlight the great benefits that multilingual children can gain from being able to use their native languages as resources when they learn other subjects, such as mathematics. This makes multilingual preschool teachers key players in today's education policy. For this research, I interviewed and followed a multilingual preschool teacher of immigrant background, anonymised as “Kajal”. I analysed Kajal's talk about and work with mathematics to understand what she was able to do and how she shaped her subjectivity as she navigated the expectations of various actors and prevailing norms in society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Exeter Press, 2020
Keywords
discourse, expectation, mathematics, preschool teacher, subjectivity
National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-18379 (URN)
Available from: 2020-09-23 Created: 2020-09-23 Last updated: 2024-01-31Bibliographically approved
Delacour, L. (2020). Förskollärare och det önskvärda matematiska barnet: förväntningar och diskurser i förskolepraktik (ed.). (Doctoral dissertation). Malmö: Malmö universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Förskollärare och det önskvärda matematiska barnet: förväntningar och diskurser i förskolepraktik
2020 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Malmö universitet, 2020. p. 260
Series
Malmö Studies in Educational Sciences: Doctoral Dissertation Series, ISSN 1651-4513 ; 91
Keywords
preschool, mathematics, discourse, multilingual
National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-7470 (URN)10.24834/isbn.9789171049544 (DOI)26527 (Local ID)978-91-7104-955-1 (ISBN)978-91-7104-954-4 (ISBN)26527 (Archive number)26527 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2020-09-23Bibliographically approved
Delacour, L. & Chronaki, A. (2020). The Fabrication of Early Childhood Mathematics and the desired child in Sweden. Philosophy of Mathematics Education Journal (35)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Fabrication of Early Childhood Mathematics and the desired child in Sweden
2020 (English)In: Philosophy of Mathematics Education Journal, ISSN 1465-2978, no 35Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Swedish early years mathematics education is currently under discussion, as it is experiencing transformation on several levels. A few years ago PISA results showed that Sweden ranks below certain highly developed countries. The importance of mathematics has consequently become a prevailing discourse, with the aim of safeguarding a top ranking for Sweden. At the same time, increased population mobility towards Sweden over past decades has resulted in the contemporary school setting being characterised by cultural and linguistic diversity. Based on a series of interviews and observations, this paper analyses how preschool teachers tend to fabricate mathematics education and the desired child in a context where conflicting discourses of school mathematics and early childhood education circulate. This study also explores whether certain children run the risk of being excluded as “other”.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Exeter Press, 2020
Keywords
early childhood education; discourse; mathematics
National Category
Pedagogy
Research subject
Mathematics education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-17454 (URN)
Available from: 2020-06-09 Created: 2020-06-09 Last updated: 2024-01-31Bibliographically approved
Delacour, L. (2017). THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MATHEMATICAL CHILD IN SWEDISH PRESCHOOL (ed.). In: (Ed.), Proceedings of the Ninth International Mathematics Education and Society Conference, vol 1: . Paper presented at Mathematics Education and Life of Time of Crisis : The 9th International Mathematics Education and Society Conference (MES9), Volos, Greece (7th - 12th April 2017) (pp. 237-241). International Mathematics Education and Society : MES
Open this publication in new window or tab >>THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MATHEMATICAL CHILD IN SWEDISH PRESCHOOL
2017 (English)In: Proceedings of the Ninth International Mathematics Education and Society Conference, vol 1, International Mathematics Education and Society : MES , 2017, p. 237-241Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Mathematics education in Swedish preschool can be considered as a discourse produced through educational public policies, classroom practice, curriculum, research, teacher’s education, and literatures. This different spheres interact with one another in the production of a “truth” according to Valero and Knijnik (2015). Using Foucault’s concept of governmentality, and Popkevitz concept of construction, I focus in this article on what kind of “truth” are produced when preschool teachers talk about mathematics. This article is a part of a doctoral thesis.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
International Mathematics Education and Society : MES, 2017
Keywords
discourses, mathematics, preschool
National Category
Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-11176 (URN)23257 (Local ID)978-960-9439-48-0 (ISBN)23257 (Archive number)23257 (OAI)
Conference
Mathematics Education and Life of Time of Crisis : The 9th International Mathematics Education and Society Conference (MES9), Volos, Greece (7th - 12th April 2017)
Available from: 2020-02-29 Created: 2020-02-29 Last updated: 2023-03-13Bibliographically approved
Delacour, L. (2016). Mathematics and didactic contract in Swedish preschools (ed.). European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 24(2), 215-228
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mathematics and didactic contract in Swedish preschools
2016 (English)In: European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, ISSN 1350-293X, E-ISSN 1752-1807, Vol. 24, no 2, p. 215-228Article in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to study and analyse how a teacher implements an outdoor realistic problem situation for children aged 4–5 in a Swedish preschool. By an ‘outdoor realistic problem situation’, I mean a situation initiated by a teacher in which children come into contact with mathematical concepts and in which the outside environment is used to encourage learning. The analysis and interpretation of the data has been influenced by the didactical situation theory and didactic contract is a key concept. The term didactic contract is seen as a metaphor, consequently a broader definition of the didactic contract is used to illustrate how the implicit and the explicit rules of a didactic contract affect the communication of mathematics between a preschool teacher and a children’s group.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2016
Keywords
preschool, preschool teacher, mathematics, didactic contract, outdoor
National Category
Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-2769 (URN)10.1080/1350293X.2016.1143257 (DOI)000373281700005 ()2-s2.0-84958758775 (Scopus ID)20260 (Local ID)20260 (Archive number)20260 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
Delacour, L. (2016). Teachers’ Interpretation of Mathematics Goals in Swedish Preschools (ed.). In: Tamsin Meaney, Ola Helenius, Maria L Johansson, Troels Lange, Anna Wernberg (Ed.), Tamsin Meaney, Ola Helenius, Maria L Johansson, Troels Lange, Anna Wernberg (Ed.), Mathematics Education in the Early Year: Results from the POEM2 Conference, 2014;5 (pp. 397-417). : Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Teachers’ Interpretation of Mathematics Goals in Swedish Preschools
2016 (English)In: Mathematics Education in the Early Year: Results from the POEM2 Conference, 2014;5 / [ed] Tamsin Meaney, Ola Helenius, Maria L Johansson, Troels Lange, Anna Wernberg, Springer, 2016, p. 397-417Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this chapter is to investigate how two preschool teachers interpret mathematics goals in the Swedish preschool curriculum. The ways in which these preschool teachers transform, clarify and concretise the mathematics goals are analysed. The data indicates a tendency towards two different approaches of interpreting and implementing mathematics: a comprehensive approach and an academic approach. Based on these preschool teachers’ interpretation and implementation of the mathematics goals, the consequences in the form of qualification, socialisation and subjectification will be discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2016
Keywords
mathematics, teachers, Swedish preschool
National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-10289 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-23935-4_22 (DOI)20220 (Local ID)978-3-319-23935-4 (ISBN)20220 (Archive number)20220 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2022-06-27Bibliographically approved
Delacour, L. (2015). How the role of the preschool teacher affects the communication of mathematics (ed.). In: (Ed.), Proceedings of the Ninth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education: . Paper presented at Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education (CERME), Prague, Czeck Republic (2015) (pp. 1905-1910). Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Education
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How the role of the preschool teacher affects the communication of mathematics
2015 (English)In: Proceedings of the Ninth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education, Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Education , 2015, p. 1905-1910Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to study and analyse how two te achers implement an outdoor situation for children aged 4-5 in a Swedish preschool. The analysis and interpretation of the data in this paper has been influenced by situation theory and by the use of the didactic contract as a key concept. The term didactic contract is seen as a metaphor; consequently, I use a broader definition of the didactic contract to illustrate how the role of the teacher aff ects the communication of mathematics with children. Most of the text in this paper is adapted from my thesis (Delacour, 2013) and articles (Delacour, 2014a, b).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Education, 2015
Keywords
didactic contract, Kindergarten, mathematics
National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-11926 (URN)000466853902097 ()19173 (Local ID)978-80-7290-844-8 (ISBN)19173 (Archive number)19173 (OAI)
Conference
Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education (CERME), Prague, Czeck Republic (2015)
Available from: 2020-02-29 Created: 2020-02-29 Last updated: 2024-02-09Bibliographically approved
Delacour, L. (2014). A witch's different soups: mathematical problem solving, number concepts (ed.). In: Johnny W Lott, Carolyn J Lott (Ed.), Johnny W Lott, Carolyn J Lott (Ed.), Mathematics lessons learned from across the world: prekindergarten grade 8 (pp. 1-3). : National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A witch's different soups: mathematical problem solving, number concepts
2014 (English)In: Mathematics lessons learned from across the world: prekindergarten grade 8 / [ed] Johnny W Lott, Carolyn J Lott, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics , 2014, p. 1-3Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2014
Keywords
Matematik, förskola
National Category
Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-10153 (URN)18806 (Local ID)9780873537445 (ISBN)18806 (Archive number)18806 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2022-06-27Bibliographically approved
Delacour, L. (2014). Teachers' interpretation of mathematics goals in Swedish preschools (ed.). Paper presented at A Mathematics Education Perspective on early Mathematics Learning between the Poles of Instruction and Construction (POEM), Malmö (2014). Paper presented at A Mathematics Education Perspective on early Mathematics Learning between the Poles of Instruction and Construction (POEM), Malmö (2014). : Malmö högskola
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Teachers' interpretation of mathematics goals in Swedish preschools
2014 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to investigate how preschool teachers interpret the revised mathematics goals in the Swedish preschool curriculum. I analyze how some preschool teachers transform, clarify, and concretize those mathematical goals, with a focus on didactic questions related to content: What is preschool mathematics according to the teacher? How can mathematics be communicated? And why is mathematics communicated? I place the study within a curriculum didactic perspective. The key concept is Linde’s (2006) classification of teachers’ ways of approaching a subject. Most of the text is adapted from my thesis (Delacour, 2013).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö högskola, 2014
Keywords
curriculum, mathematics, preschool, preschool teacher
National Category
Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-11710 (URN)19175 (Local ID)19175 (Archive number)19175 (OAI)
Conference
A Mathematics Education Perspective on early Mathematics Learning between the Poles of Instruction and Construction (POEM), Malmö (2014)
Available from: 2020-02-29 Created: 2020-02-29 Last updated: 2022-06-27Bibliographically approved
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