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.

ALM bulletin: May 2022

Welcome to the May 2022 bulletin, which includes reflections on the 2022 Virtual Seminar Series and an introduction to a sister organisation in the USA, alongside information about the ALM 29 Conference, ALM membership and another mathematics conference (PME) to be held in Spain this year.

The ALM Trustees are delighted to be returning to the physical world for our ALM 29 Annual Conference, which is being organised by a team of ALM trustees and members of the hosting organisation the University of Barcelona, chaired by Javier Díez-Palomar. We are all looking forward to catching up with colleagues, old and new,to share ideas and experiences. On a personal note, this will be the first time I will be chairing a face-to-face conference since I took on the role of Chair, so I am really looking forward to meeting members and discussing ideas on how to develop ALM for the future and grow our networks.For those who cannot be with us we are currently planning ways to record the event. On the point about building networks, in this bulletin we introduce another organisation that has common purpose with ALM but is based in the USA, indeed we have several members who are in both.

At the conference we will also hold the AGM, where next year’s trustees will be elected. The trustees carry out a range of roles including organising the annual conference and the online seminars, developing and updating the ALM website and the ALM YouTube channel, producing the bi-monthly bulletin, as well as the roles of Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary and Chair. So there is plenty to do and many opportunities for anyone who might be interested to become part of the trustee team. If you would like to find out more, please contact either myself at or Catherine Byrne at

The papers for the AGM will be available soon on the ALM-website

Beth Kelly
Chair of ALM trustees

ALM 29 Barcelona

Plans are moving fast for our 29th Adults Learning Mathematics conference in Barcelona, July 10th-13th, 2022. This is our first opportunity for nearly 3 years to bring the ALM community together face-to-face in one place and promises to be a very special occasion. Further details have been added to the website recently, including suggestions on places to stay. We will continue to update this space so please do keep checking to make sure you do not miss any important information ( If you are intending to join us in Barcelona, please make sure you register as soon as possible. The early bird deadline is May 16th so you can also save yourself money if you register quickly!

We are delighted to have some excellent keynote speakers. You can find more about them on the conference website but here are some brief introductions:

Prof. Ramon Flecha - Professor of Sociology at the University of Barcelona and Doctor Honoris causa from the Vest Timisoara University. He is a leading scholar internationally in the areas of Social Impact and Gender Violence.

Prof. Paola Valero - Professor of Mathematics Education at the Department of Teaching and Learning, Stockholm University, Sweden. Her research explores the significance of mathematics education as a field where power relations are actualized in producing subjectivities and generating inclusion/exclusion of different types of students.

Prof. Pedro Plaza - Professor of the ETS of Aeronautical and Space Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and volunteer teacher at the Porto Popular School in Carabanchel (Madrid). His book “Critical and transformative mathematics in adult education” is just one of many publications on subjects such as Everyday Mathematics, Mathematical competences in adults and Ethnomathematics.

Prof. Eduardo Sáenz de Cabezón - Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computing at the University of La Rioja (Spain). He researches in the area of computer algebra and its applications and will be speaking about “The mirage of the majority”.

ALM virtual seminar series 2021/22

Our ALM 2021/22 seminar series has now come to a close, but we are delighted at the enthusiastic participation and positive feedback from those who have attended these online events. We include below reflections from ALM members by means of a thank you to all those who have been involved in the organisation of these events.

“The 2022 ALM Seminar series has been a great way to stay involved and learn about international research practices in adult numeracy. It has provided an excellent opportunity to engage, question, and discuss topics relevant to the field and prompt ideas for further research. There has been time to speak with the presenter in almost all the events, and the small group discussions have allowed participants to exchange ideas. The 2021-2022 Virtual Seminar Series has focused on numeracy research about engaging adults to be numerate citizens, from encouraging citizens to participate in the democratic process to understanding data and statistics. Additionally, the debrief series about the 12th Congress of the European Society for the Research of Mathematics Education (CERME12) was an asset to researchers in other countries, especially being able to listen and begin to think about how they might contribute to this body of research.”

Brooke Istas (ALM member, USA)

“One reason I continue to be a member of ALMis because of the unique community it provides. Going to ALM-conferences is as much about seeing and meeting people as it is about the content. While the annual conferences were previously the main occasion for many to experience the ALMspirit, the past two years have opened up new windows of opportunity in the form of webinars. This format provides the perfect arrangement to showcase the wide variety of topics and expertise that can be found within the ALM community. Furthermore, it provides the chance to catch up and connect with many individuals. In this sense I thoroughly enjoyed the second series of webinars at the beginning of this year. The contributions brought me up to date on what is going on in the field and gave me a lot of food for thought. Participating in discussions – be it in small break out rooms or in Q&A after the presentations – brought back that feeling of being part of a community but in the comfort of my living room. Thank you to all who made this series possible. If you missed them entirely or want to follow up on some specific topics, you can find all the recordings on ALM’s fast growing YouTube channel.”

Sonja Beeli (ALM member, Switzerland)

International collaboration

ALM is currently considering ways that we can develop links and networks with several other organisations that have similar aims. We hope these connections will lead to mutual benefits as we share experience and knowledge. In this bulletin we would like to introduce the work of the Adult Numeracy Network (ANN) which is a professional organization for math educators who work in adult education. Most of the members are in the United States, but they would love to connect with more teachers around the world.

Here is an introduction to the work of ANN from Eric Appleton (ANN Chair)

ANN is a community dedicated to quality mathematics instruction at the adult level. We support each other, encourage collaboration and leadership, and work to influence policy and practice in adult math instruction. Our main focus tends to be on classroom instruction and professional development for teachers. We publish an award-winning newsletter, the Math Practitioner, which includes strategies and reflection on teaching adult numeracy. We lead a range of learning activities for our members, such as a recent professional development series called Math for Identity and Belonging: Representing Data Creatively. We also lead a yearly institute at the COABE conference and a monthly math teachers’ circle where teachers can practice problem-solving and explore math as leaders. Check our calendar at for upcoming events.

ANN members include teachers, tutors, researchers, administrators, and professional developers working in adult basic education (ABE), adult numeracy, high school equivalency, developmental college mathematics, and family numeracy. Our network is a place to share joys, challenges, resources and insights related to teaching math and numeracy to adult learners. You can find more about becoming a member at or contact with any questions. We are very interested in working together with ALM to learn more and improve adult numeracy instruction.

Psychology of Mathematics Education conference

The 45th conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education(PME) will be held inAlicante, Spain, July 18th-23rd, 2022. The PME conference is an international gathering that takes place annually, at which presentations and discussions about all aspects of mathematics education are included. The conference provides an opportunity for mathematics educators, teachers and researchers to share ideas and evidence about teaching and learning mathematics. Two of our ALM trustees will be attending and presenting papersat the event this year, which follows closely after our own ALM conference in Barcelona. Further details can be found at

ALM Membership

The work of ALM relies heavily on the commitment and energy of our members. We are very grateful for the members who have already renewed their membership for 2022 and the new members who have joined us this year. If you wish to be a member and have not yet paid your membership fee for 2022, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. If you are unsure about your membership status you are welcome to contact the membership secretary on

Readers of the bulletin who are not yet members are encouraged to consider joining our international community and adding their support to the aims and associated work of ALM. You can become a member of ALM by completing the form at and paying the appropriate membership fee.

Future bulletins

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