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In my doctoral work I studied three mathematics teachers in lower secondary school in Norway and how they interpreted a curriculum reform, L97 (Kleve, 2007). This was an ethnographic study which included methods as focus groups, conversations with teachers, teachers’ self estimations and classroom observations. In this paper I point out constraints influencing mathematics teachers’ teaching practice and discuss the relation between the three teachers’ beliefs about teaching and learning mathematics and their teaching practices relating to the research literature more widely. Finally I emphasise the importance of identifying such constraints.
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