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 at BCME- report

The British Congress of Mathematics Education (BCME 13 was held at the beginning of April at the University of Warwick. With the support of the conference organisers a group of six UK ALM members contributed a series of linked sessions. The contributors and topics were (in programme order):
  • David Kaye – Finding the adult in adults learning mathematics; an academic and political study;
  • Diane Dalby – The professional identities of mathematics and numeracy teachers in further education;
  • Jeff Evans – The crisis of statistics and some implications for teaching;
  • Jenny Stacey – First language interference: a guide for teachers of mathematics;
  • Graham Griffiths – Thinking about the use of dialogue scenes when developing adult mathematics;
  • Beth Kelly – Learning mathematics in the workplace: what motivates adults.
In addition the whole team led a seminar discussion entitled Lifelong Mathematics Learning – a discussion.
This was the first time that ALM has contributed to BCME in this way and we consider it a worthwhile intervention. As we expected, the adult sector is a small minority at such a gathering. There were members of another UK organisation, NANAMIC, with whom we are sharing one day of the upcoming ALM25 conference. However, there were probably at most about 25 participants identifying with the adult sector out of an attendance of about 500. It was important to show we exist, and we were particularly pleased that the Chairs of the Conference and Programme Committees welcomed our contribution, and participated in our seminar discussion.

Don’t forget to book for ALM25 which will be held in London in July 2018;
With warmest regards,
David Kaye, Chair, Adults Learning Mathematics (ALM)

ALM25 Adults Learning Mathematics – international conference

incorporating NANAMIC 2018

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:
  • Rob Eastaway, Director of Maths Inspiration and winner of the Zeeman medal for excellence in the promotion of maths. See Rob’s site.
  • Prof. Chris Budd, University of Bath and Gresham College. See the latest series of lectures here
  • Bobby Seagull, University Challenge star, teacher and ambassador for mathematics, currently fronting a money management course with the Open University.
  • Dr. Gail FitzSimons, Editorial Board, Adults Learning Mathematics – An International Journal
  • Prof. Candia Morgan, UCL Institute of Education
  • David Walker, Journalist, Chair, governing board Understanding Society
In addition to the academic activities, we also have arranged a visit to the British Museum (free and very close to the conference venue) on Monday 9th July at 3 pm, and a visit to the magnificent Kew Gardens (for a small entrance fee and a travel card) on Thursday 12th July 2-5 pm. Registration at the conference - but you will need to plan your travel around these events if you are interested.

Final call for sessions

We announce the final call for sessions – LAST FEW DAYS – please complete the form here by the end of April 2018.
Details of the fees, links to accommodation and the booking system are now available.
Financial support to attend conference can be sought through the bursary system.
To contact the team with ideas and for queries about the conference, e-mail:
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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.
Oughton, H. M. (2018). Disrupting Dominant Discourses: A (Re) Introduction to Social Practice Theories of Adult Numeracy. Numeracy, 11(1), 2.
From the abstract: “The role of dominant discourse in constructing a deficit view of adult numeracy is examined, using reports from recent international surveys of adult skills as illustrative examples. Social practice theory is introduced as an alternative perspective for examining the ways adults actually use numeracy in their daily lives and work. ... Alternative approaches to classroom teaching for adult students are suggested which acknowledge and draw on adults’ rich and varied experiences; the challenges and tensions of such approaches are explored.”
Boeren, E. (2018). The Methodological Underdog: A Review of Quantitative Research in the Key Adult Education Journals. Adult Education Quarterly, 0741713617739347.
From the abstract: “An examination of articles published in leading adult education journals demonstrates that qualitative research dominates....”

EBSN Annual Conference 2018

Registration for the European Basic Skills Network - General Assembly and Annual Conference 2018 has been opened! This year’s event takes place in Berlin, 6-8 June and is organized in cooperation with the German Ministry of Education and Research, the German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training as coordination point for the ‘National Decade of Literacy’ and the German Institute for Adult Education (DIE) ==> read more

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

PIAAC 2nd cycle

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 members will be influential in the realisation of a modern 21st century numeracy assessment. At ALM25 we will encourage you to contribute your views on how to assess 21st century numeracy skills in adults. ==> read more

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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