@inbook {MATHEDUC.05881996,
author = {Smith, Cathy},
title = {`Sometimes I think wow I'm doing further mathematics\dots ': Balancing tensions between aspiring and belonging.},
year = {2011},
booktitle = {Mapping equity and quality in mathematics education},
isbn = {978-90-481-9802-3},
pages = {285-298},
publisher = {Dordrecht: Springer},
doi = {10.1007/978-90-481-9803-0_20},
abstract = {Summary: What can the particular context of `further mathematics' tell us about conceptions of quality and equity in mathematics education and their changing interactions over time? Further mathematics A-level is a traditional gate-keeper qualification in the United Kingdom, but many state schools lack the resources to teach it. A national project to widen participation has promoted further mathematics and allowed students to opt in to out-of-school classes. In this chapter, I argue that choosing further mathematics links quality and equity to understandings of the self as individual project and narrative. I show how the promotional texts of further mathematics use metaphors to sustain and address tensions between quality and equity. Drawing on interviews with one student, I identify how these representations of further mathematics intersect with liberal `practices of the self'. I argue that quality as depth is a powerful construction that inevitably disables students from understanding themselves as belonging within further mathematics.},
msc2010 = {B10xx (D20xx A40xx)},
identifier = {2011e.00112},
}