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 Annual General Meeting

The annual international conference ALM25 (see below) provides the opportunity for ALM to hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM), when members can meet the Officers and Trustees of the organisation. All members are entitled to attend, raise concerns, make suggestions and be nominated for positions. The AGM elects the Officers and Trustees to serve for the next 12 months. The papers for the AGM are available on the ALM-website.
The twenty-fifth AGM will be held on Wednesday 11th July 2018 at 17:00 in UCL Institute of Education, London, UK.
  • To note the Minutes of Previous Meeting (AGM 2017)
  • To consider the Officers’ Report and Accounts
  • To elect the Officers and Trustees of ALM for 2018/2019
  • To plan for ALM 26
  • To consider future directions
  • To discuss any other matters raised by members
David Kaye
ALM Chair of Trustees
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ALM25 - Registration open

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 program is reaching its final shape. The conferende will host a great variety of interesting topics, speakers, presentations, and workshops.

Plenary speakers

We are excited to announce the following plenary speakers:
Monday evening 9 July Reception Getting Adults Involved in Mathematics
Rob Eastaway, Director of Maths Inspiration and winner of the Zeeman medal for excellence in the promotion of maths. Rob’s website
Tuesday 10th July Inspiring mathematics
Professor Chris Budd, University of Bath and Gresham College. Latest series of lectures.
Tuesday 10th July Changing cultural attitudes to mathematics
Bobby Seagull, University Challenge participant, teacher and ambassador for mathematics, currently presenting a money management course with the Open University.
Wednesday 11th July Transcending boundaries and barriers in an uncertain world
Dr. Gail FitzSimons, University of Melbourne (Emerita), Founding Editor, Adults Learning Mathematics – An International Journal
Wednesday 11th July The evolution of discourse in high stakes assessment
Professor Candia Morgan, Mathematics Education, UCL Institute of Education
Thursday 12th July A perspective on the economics and politics of adult numeracy
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.

Bookings and accommodations

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 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.

Hoogland, K. & Tout, D. (2018). Computer-based assessment of mathematics into the twenty-first century: pressures and tensions. ZDM. doi:10.1007/s11858-018-0944-2
From the abstrract: In recent decades, technology has inuenced various aspects of assessment in mathematics education: (1) supporting the assessment of higher-order thinking skills in mathematics, (2) representing authentic problems from the world around us to use and apply mathematical knowledge and skills, and (3) making the delivery of tests and the analysis of results through psychometric analysis more sophisticated. We argue that these developments are not pushing mathematics education in the same direction, however, which creates tensions. Mathematics education is at risk of focusing too much on assessment of lower order goals, such as the reproduction of procedural, calculation based, knowledge and skills. ==> read more
Barry, M., & Egan, A. (2018). An adult learner’s learning style should inform but not limit educational choices. International Review of Education, 64(1), 31-42.
From the abstract: “This narrative review critically examines some of the research which explores the usefulness of considering students’ learning styles in adult education. The authors present a discussion – which remains hypothetical – on why the use of learning styles measures continues to be popular despite the absence of rigorous research findings to support this practice.”
Pensiero, N., & Green, A. (2018). The effects of post‐compulsory education and training systems on literacy and numeracy skills: A comparative analysis using PISA 2000 and the 2011 survey of adult skills. European Journal of Education. From the abstract: “While there is extensive cross‐country comparative research on the effects of primary and lower secondary education systems on aggregate skills levels, there has been little comparative analysis of system effects after the end of lower secondary education.”
Yasukawa, K., Hamilton, M., & Evans, J. (2017). A comparative analysis of national media responses to the OECD Survey of Adult Skills: policy making from the global to the local?. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 47(2), 271-285.From the abstract: “The translation of any OECD agenda into national policies is mediated by many actors, including the media. This paper examines and compares how the national media of Japan, England and France reported on the PIAAC results of their countries and the extent to which these reports mirror key messages from the OECD’s Country Notes. It begins to trace how the OECD PIAAC agendas materialise into national policies.”

Adult Mathematics Education at CERME11

Call for papers is now open

Submissions of 8 page papers or 2 page poster proposals due at 15th September 2018
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.
The topics to be addressed in this TWG will include, mathematics for the reflective citizen (e.g., mathematical literacy), mathematics in and for work (e.g., technological literacies), mathematics and societal effects (e.g., critical mathematics, PIAAC research), teaching and learning mathematics with adult learners (curriculum, pedagogies, didactics) and good practices in adult mathematics education and lifelong learning. Therefore, this working group welcomes research papers on adults learning mathematics as seen from various international and theoretical perspectives using a variety of methodological frameworks in diverse contexts.
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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

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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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