Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education

, Volume 13, Issue 6, pp 487–497 | Cite as

Mathematics pedagogical change: rethinking identity and reflective practice

  • Margaret Walshaw


This article deals with issues that are central to changed mathematics pedagogical practice. It engages general debates about teaching reflexivity and within that, more specific debates in relation to identity. It uses theoretical concepts derived from Lacanian psychoanalysis as a way of understanding what structures a teacher’s narrative about his practice. Thus, the article is both a study of one teacher’s reflections on a sequence of algebra lessons at the secondary school level, and an exploration into a range of theoretical issues about identity construction, about knowing, and about effective practice.


Mathematics pedagogical change Identity Reflective practice Psychoanalytic theory 



Members of the LPS research team also include Glenda Anthony (co-director), Tim Burgess, Liping Ding, Anne Lawrence and Peter Rawlins. The author would like to acknowledge their valuable contributions in the project. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the other members of the project team.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Curriculum and PedagogyMassey UniversityPalmerston NorthNew Zealand

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