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.

Some words from our Chair

At this time of year ALM members are very busy behind the scenes. The group who organised ALM 25 are now preparing to receive the papers from the presenters and begin the editorial process to produce an edition of the International Journal dedicated to ALM 25 papers and as well as the conference proceedings. If you were a presenter at ALM 25 and have any questions about what you should submit when, please contact us.
At the same time another group of members and supporters in Sweden are in the early stages of preparing for our 26th Conference which will be held in Lund 7th – 10th July 2019. Information about this conference will most be found on the website

ALM can only be as active as the members who are able to volunteer their time and expertise. This is why it is important to grow our membership as much as possible. We are a small organisation, but with a broad international reach, and it would help to increase our numbers. We are pleased that in some countries we have a local representative, so that our ALM membership can connect with local and national organisations. Currently, our regional representatives are as follows.

AUSTRALIA : Dr. Linda Galligan, University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

AUSTRIA and GERMANY: Prof. Dr. Juergen Maasz, University of Linz, Austria.

DENMARK: Dr. Lena Lindenskov, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark.

NETHERLANDS and BELGIUM: Dr. Kees Hoogland, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, The Netherlands.

NEW ZEALAND: Phil Kane, University of Auckland, Waipu, New Zealand.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Dr Terry Maguire, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, Dublin 2, Ireland.

SWEDEN: Charlotte Arkenback-Sundstrom, Gothenburg University, Sweden Linda Jarlskog, VIS, Vuxenutbildning i Samverkan, Sweden.

SWITZERLAND: Dr. Sonja Beeli, Pädagogische Hochschule Bern, Switzerland.

UNITED KINGDOM: Dr. Diane Dalby, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.

USA: Dr. Katherine Safford-Ramus, Saint Peter’s University, Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07306, USA.

If you are resident in a country where we do not have a regional representative please consider becoming one. If you are in a country that has a regional representative and you would like to become more active please contact your representative. For information about joining ALM, you will need to contact the membership secretary John Keogh at

David Kaye
Chair of ALM Trustees

ALM Treasurer's report

The finances of ALM are more healthy than they have been for some years. At the beginning of June 2018, ALM had assets of £18,077.73. This has risen since a low point in 2013 of £14,948.90. We continue to improve the systems for keeping updated with members and the costing of conferences. We are now better able to support new and existing members with attending conferences through a bursary system and have reserve funds for emergency issues.

The previous treasurer, Graham Griffiths, has stepped down as he has held office for the maximum five year term. Beth Kelly, in the UK, is currently co- treasurer along with Jurriaan Steen from the Netherlands.

Submission dates for ALM25 articles

There has been an extension to the deadlines for both journal articles and papers for ALM25 proceedings. The deadlines for submission of your contribution(s) are:

  • Deadline for an article in the peer reviewed ALM-IJ: November 19, 2018. Articles for the special issue of the ALM-IJ must be send to:
  • Deadline for an article or paper in the ALM25 proceedings: November 19, 2018. Papers for the proceedings must be send to:
Guidelines for publishing your paper(s) or article(s) in the Proceedings of ALM25 or the ALM International Journal (ALM-IJ) can be downloaded from: and a template for writing is available at:

Twenty-fifth Anniversary Proceedings Volume

To celebrate to twenty-fifth anniversary of Adults Learning Mathematics – A Research Forum, a team of editors selected a sample of work from the proceedings published after the first twenty-three annual conferences. The pool of articles numbered nearly 700 and an earlier analysis had identified six categories of themes (Safford-Ramus, 2017). Three of the categories contained “proactive” work, that is, work that situated itself in a theoretical framework but described interventions of some kind. These were classroom, teacher, and citizenship. The editorial team concentrated their efforts on articles in those categories and the resultant volume is tripartite: the adult classroom (methods, materials, and support), workplace and vocational education, and professional development for instructors. The anniversary volume is now available on the ALM website at


The following conferences may be of interest to ALM members.
The 46th Annual Conference of the Research Council on Mathematics Learning (RCML) will be in Charlotte, NC February 28 - March 2, 2019 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place. The theme this year is "Leading and Learning: Mathematics Made Accessible for All."

Additional information is available at

The Research Council on Mathematics Learning (RCML) is a professional community of researchers interested in mathematics education who value collaboration and interdisciplinary research efforts. A key focus of this research is to understand and/or influence factors that affect mathematics learning and Inform practice through dissemination of scholarly works through professional fellowship, conference presentations and publications. Target audiences include mathematics education faculty, mathematics faculty, advance degree candidates and PK-12 school teachers and leaders.

The conference “Numeracy as part of adult (basic) education: International and comparative perspectives” will be held in Hamburg, 15-16th November, 2018. This conference will be hosted by the Hamburg Numeracy Project, a consortium of three Hamburg universities and the UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning. Its aim is to acknowledge and elaborate on the international discourse around numeracy, adult education and basic education. While, for instance in the USA, Australia, and Great Britain numeracy research has been developing since before 2000, in Germany it is rarely acknowledged as part of adult basic education.

The conference will touch on topics of numeracy and mathematical literacy, new literacy studies, adult education and lifelong learning, and sustainable development goals. Confirmed speakers include: Vince Geiger, Anke Grotlüschen, Mary Hamilton, Jean Lave, Steve Reder, Lynn Tett. Further information from:

News from around the world

Professor Iddo Gal, University of Haifa, Israel, and Professor Diana Coben, King's College London and University of East Anglia, UK are members of the Expert Group convened by UNESCO to advise on UN Sustainable Development Goal Indicator 4.6.1, which calls on countries to report the “Percentage of population in a given age group achieving at least a fixed level of proficiency in functional (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills, by sex”. Monitoring adult numeracy worldwide is challenging because of the need to decide what level of proficiency to report, and how to assess it in countries with diverse languages and economic and cultural conditions, while minimising the test dependence on literacy, and honouring unschooled ‘street mathematics’. Watch this space!

Recently published articles

Here are some recently published articles that may be of interest to ALM Members:

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), A141-A155.

From the Abstract: “… This paper takes a fresh look at enabling education through the lens of numeracy as a social practice (Baker & Street, 2004). Through a national audit [Australia] we map the location of numeracy in enabling programs and explore practitioner perceptions and practices with regard to academic numeracy in enabling education.”

Bowe, A.J., Auchinache, J., Kinderman, L., & Shields (2018). Complex Pathways–What motivates adults to upgrade their literacy and numeracy skills? in 2018 Conference Proceedings of the Adult Education Conference, Vicotria, BC, Canada.

Abstract: “Grounded in the words of participants, this research presents data from a 5-year longitudinal study of 46 Adult Basic Education (ABE) learners [in Canada]. The research examines initial motivations for upgrading as described by participants. Over the study participants also describe what conditions supported their success.”

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