The effects of school geometry in the shaping of a desired child

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In this chapter we explore how school geometry becomes a technology for the government of the self, and how the pedagogical devices of school geometry conduct students’ ways of thinking and acting. We contend that students, in their working with pedagogical devices, engage in a training process in which they learn to regulate their own conduct so that they perceive space through the trained eyes of reason provided by Euclidean, school geometry. Our contribution is an analysis of the power effects of school geometry in terms of the fabrication of children’s subjectivities towards the shaping of the desired child of society.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Disorder of Mathematics Education
Subtitle of host publicationChallenging the Sociopolitical Dimensions of Research
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783319340067
ISBN (Print)9783319340050
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Euclidean Geometry
  • Geometrical Figure
  • Mathematics Education
  • Spatial Ability
  • Spatial Skill


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