The aim of this paper is to analyse how Swedish grade three children are discursively positioned as pupils when they are taking national tests in mathematics and when they reflect on the testing situation afterwards. With support from theories about affective-discursive assemblages,
we explore children’s body language, emotions, and talk in light of the two overarching discourses that we believe frame the classroom: the ‘testing discourse’ and the ‘development discourse’. Through the disciplinary power of these main discourses children struggle
to conduct themselves in order to become recognized as intelligible subjects and ‘ideal pupils’. The analysis, when taking into account how affects and discourses intertwine, shows that children can be in ‘untroubled’, ‘troubled’, or ambivalent subject positions.
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Document Type: Research Article
Department of Education, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
Department of Social Work, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
Department of Nursing, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
Department of Sociology, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
July 3, 2020
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