Unpacking the Emperor’s New Policies: How More Mathematics in Early Childhood Will Save Norway

  • Troels LangeEmail author


The Norwegian Minister of Education is changing how mathematics in early childhood education should be viewed as part of a shifting of its main function from providing children with opportunities to develop holistically to, instead, preparing them for school. Using Edelman’s notion of the political spectacle, the discursive means used in press releases to frame a key policy initiative as a rational and responsible answer to a problem in education are explored. The promotion of the problem and the construction of the solution will have significant impact on how early childhood education and care is undertaken in Norway.


Early childhood education Media Political spectacle Mathematics Norway 


Le Ministre de l’Éducation norvégien est. en train de changer la façon dont il faudrait concevoir la fonction principale des mathématiques dans l’éducation des jeunes enfants, soit passer d’une méthode qui consiste à fournir aux enfants des occasions de développement holistique, à une méthode qui les « prépare » à leur entrée à l’école. Par le biais de la notion de spectacle politique d’Edelman, nous analysons comment la méthode discursive est. utilisée dans les communiqués de presse pour présenter une initiative politique clé comme réponse rationnelle et responsable à un problème d’éducation. La promotion du problème et la construction de la solution auront un impact significatif sur l’éducation et les soins donnés aux jeunes enfants en Norvège.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Western Norway University of Applied SciencesBergenNorway

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