The ALM bulletin is a bimonthly newsletter from Adults Learning Mathematics (ALM).
ALM is an international research forum bringing together researchers and practitioners in adult mathematics/numeracy teaching and learning in order to promote the learning of mathematics by adults.


Welcome to 2018, our 25th anniversary, Silver Jubilee year.
By being a member of ALM you demonstrate your passion for enabling access to mathematics, especially for the benefit of adult learners, in a very tangible way. In addition, your membership gives you access to some of the latest ideas in adult learning as well as many seminal texts on teaching and learning mathematics in the adult arena available on the ALM website. ALM has published many key contributions that:
  • encourage learners to appreciate their numerate behaviour and their mathematics- saturated lives,
  • support practitioners and lecturers in a wide variety of contexts where adults learn mathematics,
  • shape policy for the benefit of society in multiple contexts.
  • The membership fees are ALM's most important source of income and allow ALM to continue to generate a substantial corpus of literature to help advance mathematics teaching and learning in the various countries in which our members reside. In addition, the membership fees enable us to provide tangible benefits to our community, as can be seen in the website, to defray ordinary expenses and to fund bursaries for conferences attendance subject to our limited resources.
Your continued membership of ALM will enable you to discuss your ideas with leading thinkers in the field, and provide you with opportunities to help shape education policy at home and abroad. Your views, articulated in person or in print, will receive a friendly-critical, but warm reception, as we seek to develop positions on mathematics teaching and learning strategies wherever they emerge.

To renew your membership, please go to and follow the instructions using PayPal.

For the following services please contact the Membership Secretary ( directly:
  • a pro forma invoice for institutional membership;
  • to make a payment directly to ALM’s bank account If you encounter any difficulty
  • to set up an annual standing order or
  • if you experience any other difficulty.
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In the meantime, you are most welcome to the next annual conference ALM25 which will be held in London in July 2018;

With warmest regards,

David Kaye, Chair, Adults Learning Mathematics (ALM)
John Keogh, Membership Secretary, ALM.

ALM25: looking forward

25th Adults Learning Mathematics – conference, London, 9th – 12th July, 2018

Boundaries and Bridges: adults learning mathematics in a fractured world

The conference also incorporates a one day conference for the UK practitioner organisation the National Association for Numeracy and Mathematics in Colleges (NANAMIC) on Tuesday 10th July.
Host: the UCL Institute of Education, London, United Kingdom
Monday 9th July Evening reception, Main conference Tuesday 10th July – Thursday 12th July
We are excited to announce the following plenary speakers confirmed so far:
  • Professor Chris Budd, University of Bath and Gresham College. See the latest series of lectures here
  • Dr. Gail FitzSimons, Editorial Board, Adults Learning Mathematics – An International Journal
  • Professor Candia Morgan, UCL Institute of Education
  • David Walker, Journalist, Chair, governing board Understanding Society
The call for sessions is now open – please complete the form here by the end of March 2018.
Details of the fees and links to accommodation are now available and the booking system will be available shortly.
To contact the team with ideas and for queries about the conference, email:
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Recent literature

This is a sample of articles - collected by Marc Jorgensen -, which have just been published in the last two months, that may be of interest to ALM members.
Rowe, A. D., & Fitness, J. (2018). Understanding the Role of Negative Emotions in Adult Learning and Achievement: A Social Functional Perspective. Behavioral Sciences, 8(2), 27.
From the abstract: “The role of emotions in adult learning and achievement has received increasing attention in recent years. However, much of the emphasis has been on test anxiety, rather than the wider spectrum of negative emotions such as sadness, grief, boredom and anger. This paper reports findings of a qualitative study exploring the experience and functionality of negative emotions at university [Australia]. ...”
Irwin, E. L., Baker, S., & Carter, B. (2018). What ‘counts’ as numeracy preparation in enabling education programs? Results of a national audit. Journal of Academic Language and Learning, 12(1), p. 141-155.
From the abstract: Enabling education plays an important role in facilitating the entry of ‘non-traditional’ students into Australian higher education through offering a (currently) cost-free, low stakes alternative pathway into undergraduate study. (...) Through a national audit we map the location of numeracy in enabling programs and explore practitioner perceptions and practices with regard to academic numeracy in enabling education.

Adult Numeracy Network (ANN)

The Adult Numeracy Network (ANN): ANN will hold a full-day institute as a pre-conference session affiliated with the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) on March 25th in Phoenix, Arizona. The session is “designed for experienced as well as novice and staff developers who work in ABE, GED, ESOL, and developmental college programs.”
ANN just published a new issue of "The MATH practitioner" with interesting articles for all that work in the field of Adult Numeracy.
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Adult Mathematics Education at CERME11

The 11th conference on European Research in Mathematics Education will be held 5 - 11 February 2019 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. In this conference the thematic working group TWG07 is scheduled on Adult Mathematics Education, which gives adults learning mathematics researchers the opportunity to present their research and exchange ideas and good practices from all around the world. ==> read more


The second cycle of PIAAC is starting up, again with an extensive survey of the literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills of adults aged 16 to 65. The first plans will be revealed in the forthcoming months and ALM aims to be influential in the realisation of a modern 21st century numeracy assessment.

Join ALM

The ALM network is alive and active as never before with delegations at ICME13, BCME9, and CERME11. We invite you to join us in ALM to be part of these activities. See the website to join directly or contact your regional representative. ==> read more
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