Discursive Networks in Brazilian High School Mathematics Textbooks

I will present some of the results in the Brazilian project “Discursive Networks in Brazilian High School Mathematics Textbooks”, funded by the Brazilian Research Agency. The project aims at analyzing the constitution of notions of the mathematics student and teacher through the examination of the discursive network displayed in mathematics textbooks. Textbook analysis helps us to understand the mechanisms that operate in the materiality of the textbooks and how they contribute to the fabrication of specific kinds of subjectivities in mathematics classrooms. Governmentality and discourse analysis in a Foucauldian perspective have been used. The presentation will introduce the particularities of textbook production in Brazil, and will exemplify some of the main results in the project.