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: January 2023

Wishing a happy and healthy 2023 to all ALM members, supporters, trustees and friends.

Last year we had a busy time and this bulletin points to the start of another exciting year with information about more virtual seminars, the ALM 30 Conference in Ireland and at least one new volume added to the ALM International Journal listing.

At this point I would like to thank all of the ALM Trustees for their creativity, enthusiasm and tireless energy which has enabled ALM to grow and develop. Our trustees are currently involved in a range of activities including producing virtual seminars (Catherine Byrne, Charlotte Arkenback, Judy Larsen and Beth Kelly) organising and hosting the ALM 30 conference (Niamh O’Meara and David Kaye) editing the ALM international Journal (Diane Dalby, Javier Díez-Palomar and Lynda Ginsburg ) and supporting members (Lisanne Heilmann) so we can share ideas evolving from practice, research and policy implementation. ALM also has an active Maths in Prisons topic group lead by Catherine Byrne and a digital platform, including the ALM website and YouTube channel (Linda Jarlskog and Kees Hoogland). These activities are supported by other ALM members and anyone with a particular interest any aspect of our work who would like to get involved is welcome to get in touch with the ALM secretary at

We look forward to seeing or hearing from you at one or more of our upcoming events.
Beth Kelly
Chair of ALM trustees

ALM Virtual Seminars

For our first seminar of 2022/23 we enjoyed joining with the Adult Numeracy Network (ANN) to discuss Exploring Challenges Using Adult Numeracy Curriculum, on December 15, 2022. In this session, Heidi Schuler-Jones, ANN president, shared her perspective as a curriculum writer and trainer presented with the challenges teachers have identified with using a structured math curriculum in education systems that have many different demands on teachers and learners. We then considered questions of curriculum adoption, the realities of the field, and possible solutions.

You can watch this and other past virtual seminars in the ALM YouTube channel at

Our next seminar will be held on February 6th 2023 and focuses on Maths in Prisons. There will be three speakers from different countries (USA, The Netherlands and Australia). Please note the times for US (West Coast, 11.00), UK (London, 19.00) and Tasmania (Hobart, 6.00 Feb 7th) and make sure you register for the event on the website at


Our next conference, ALM 30 will be held from July 3rd-5th, 2023 in Limerick, Ireland. The main theme for the conference is Numeracy Theory and Practice in a Changing World, which reflects the need to consider the changing numeracy and mathematics demands on adults resulting from recent developments in different aspects of our lives. ALM30 will have several different types of session, all based around this theme. These will include:
· Keynote sessions
· Paper Presentations
· Practical Workshops
· Round table discussions

The Programme Committee is now calling for abstracts for both paper presentations and practical workshops under the following headings (please note this is a targeted but not an exhaustive list of topics):
· Numeracy in a Digital Era
· Numeracy in a Sustainable, Healthy and Peaceful Global Environment
· Numeracy Teaching and Learning across all Educational Sectors
· Changing Numeracy Policies

Abstracts should be 250 – 350 words in length (excluding references). Further details about the conferences and how to submit an abstract can be found at

Please note that the deadline for submission of abstracts is February 17th, 2023.

ALM International Journal

Adults Learning Mathematics – International Journal is an open-access peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for the online publication of high-quality articles from researchers and practitioners about adult learning and use of numeracy/mathematics. The journal makes a unique contribution to an under-represented field internationally. We are very pleased to announce the publishing of a new issue ALM Journal 16(1) Special Edition, which focuses on online learning. This Special Edition features:

· Online learning in adults learning mathematics: Literature review (Linda Galligan and Megan Axelsen)
· Family Learning Online During Lockdown in the UK (Beth Kelly, Mary Devlin, Tessa Giffin, Linda Smith)
· Building Thinking Classrooms Online: From Practice to Theory and Back Again (Judy Larsen, Peter Liljedahl)

ALM Journal 16(1) is now available on the website at alongside previous journal issues and “online first” articles.

ALM29 conference

The keynote lectures from ALM 29 can be watched on our YouTube Channel. You can also click on the titles of the keynotes on the conference page

· Ramon Flecha – Numeracy and Social Impact
· Pedro Plaza – Everyday Life in an ALM Classroom
· Eduardo Sáenz de Cabezón – The Majority Illusion
· Marta Civil – Practices for Adults within a Funds of Knowledge Framework
· Beth Kelly – ALM29 and Social Impact

The ALM 29 proceedings are currently being finalised and will be available soon on the ALM website.

UK ´Multiply´ Programme

In the UK during 2022 a new programme for adult numeracy was launched by the UK government. The publicity for it states “Hundreds of free courses will be available covering a wide range of numeracy skills. There will be courses for beginners to more advanced courses which could lead to wider job opportunities or further study, such as a Level 3 qualification (equivalent to A Level) or an apprenticeship.

Through contacts made at the JMC (Joint Mathematical Council) ALM has been put in contact with the government department overseeing the national programme. Beth Kelly, Chair of ALM and David Kaye (past Chair) have been asked to present to the Sector Advisory Group to support implementation and development of the Multiply programme, which meets at the end of January 2023.

Beth and David have been in touch with some UK ALM members who are implementing the Multiply programme in their own institutions and would like to hear from anyone who is now involved in this national initiative. You can write to with your comments.


CERME13 is the 13th congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education. The Congress attracts interest from mathematics researchers and educators from across the world. CERME 13 will be held this year in Budapest, Hungary, July 10-14, 2023 and will be preceded by a YERME day for young researchers. There is a wide range of Thematic Working Groups to choose from. Papers need to be submitted by February 15th 2023.

ALM Membership

As explained in an earlier bulletin, there is a need to refine the ALM membership system to make this more efficient. We are therefore asking if all members could pay their annual membership fee in January this year (and in following years). Members will shortly be sent an invoice by the Membership Secretary, and we would be grateful if everyone would comply with the request by paying the appropriate fee by the end of January 2023. Please note that regular payments normally made in December 2022 will be considered as early payments for 2023 and these members will not need to pay again in January 2023.

If any members have difficulty making this adjustment or are unsure about their membership status, or have any other queries, they are very welcome to contact the Membership Secretary at

Future bulletins

We hope that you are enjoying the regular ALM bulletin. If you have news from your part of the world that may be of interest to our international community then please do get in touch with Diane Dalby or send her a short draft item for the next bulletin by March 1st 2023.

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