ALM 2020 Virtual Seminar Series

ALM 2020 Virtual Seminar Series

ALM is planning to run a series of virtual seminars and events over the coming year.

The second virtual event will take place on the 29th October at 20.00  Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) .

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Registration Link:
Name of speaker: Dr. Keiko Yasukawa
Bio of speaker: Keiko Yasukawa is a lecturer and researcher in adult literacy and numeracy education at the University of technology Sydney in Australia. Her research focuses on the nexus between policy, practice and pedagogy. Her recent publications includes the book co-edited with Alan Rogers, Kara Jackson and Brian Street Numeracy as social practice: global and local perspectives published by Routledge.
Title of session: Numerate environments in a changing world
Abstract/session description:  How are adults’ demands and opportunities to learn and develop numeracy being transformed through some of the profound changes facing people around the world? In this presentation, I consider climate change and precarious employment as two examples of changes affecting people in a range of different contexts, and examine what these contexts afford for numeracy learning and development. To provide a lens for this study I draw on the construct of the numerate environment that Jeff Evans, David Mallows and I have been developing over the last few years. While popular discourses  use results of large-scale assessments to legitimate deficit narratives about individual’s numeracy abilities, the numerate environment shifts the gaze from the individual to their environment. In doing so, we can gain a more nuanced understanding of the kinds of numeracy practices that are demanded of individuals to negotiate life in this environment, and what opportunities and supports are available for learning and development and how these are distributed in the environment.


The first virtual event  “Adults Learning Maths in the lockdown”  was held on 15th October 2020, organised to coincide with Maths Week Ireland 2020.

For more information about the discussion please click here.

The panel included:

Merrilyn Goos

Merrilyn is Professor of STEM Education and Director of EPI*STEM, the National Centre for STEM Education, at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Before taking up this position she worked for 25 years at The University of Queensland, Australia.

Discussion Topic:

Lost and found: How the pandemic is affecting mathematics education research

Much mathematics education research is conducted in schools or other education settings. And education researchers nurture their creativity and collaborations by attending conferences in their own countries or abroad. But the pandemic has put a stop to these activities, at least in their usual formats. I will share stories of what has been lost, but also of ways we have found to “keep going” with our research so that we can continue to reach out to teachers and learners.

Dave Mulvaney 

Dave teaches Mathematics, IT, Bookkeeping and Beekeeping in Crumlin Youthreach, an education,  training and work programme for early school leavers aged 15-20 years of age. Part of City of Dublin Education Training Board (CDETB) service. Dave delivers Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to teachers on Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL). He is a mentor on Technology Enhanced Learning Mentoring Support (TELMS), a pan-European Erasmus+ project.

Discussion topics:

Dave will speak on how he taught Mathematics using Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) during the lockdown,  and his use of platforms like Nearpod, Edpuzzle, Kahoots and YouTube. Dave has offered ALM links to his material in advance of the seminar.

Reginald Temple

Reginald worked in industry for 28 years in a variety of IT roles including management and training. This was followed by 8 years teaching ICT to adults in a learning centre, Gingerbread (the lone parents’ charity) and North West Regional College (NRWC), a further education and higher education college in Northern Ireland. For the last 12 years Reggie has been teaching numeracy and mathematics in HMP Maghaberry, near Lisburn in Northern Ireland.

Discussion topic:

The challenges and advantages of teaching mathematics during lockdown, learner engagement and motivation as well as student reactions and responses.

Graham Griffiths

Graham Griffiths is a Lecturer in Education at the UCL Institute of Education, London, England. He is responsible for the Post 16 teacher education programmes including one for mathematics and numeracy. Graham has worked in education for 30 years and has contributed and led a range of national projects in the UK. He is a trustee for the Joint Mathematical Council of the UK.

Discussion Topic:

Lockdown presented a number of challenges to teacher education. Like most education we have our own teaching to deal with and moving online was a challenge for us. A bigger issue was the development of teaching practice when face-to-face sessions were restricted, along with the assessed work that went in parallel with this practice. I can feedback on national and local guidance.

Jackie Gorman

Jackie Gorman Is CEO of Midland Science, a family learning organisation, which applies theories of science capital to informal learning through recreational activities. She has over 25 years experience  in local development. She also has worked in West Africa on issues relating to fair trade and tourism from 1998 to 2001. She is a graduate of Athlone Institute of Technology, National University of Ireland, Galway and Dublin City University with qualifications in business and community development.

Discussion Topic:

We are committed to a science capital approach – engaging students with science and maths and promoting social justice.We could not engage in our regular programmes during lockdown and so developed Youtube videos in place of face to face contact. We now have 4 Mathematical Moments videos pitched at adults/older children (History of place value, and Fibonnaci ) and 2 are aimed at parents/younger children (pictures books with mathematically focused questioning).


We welcome all ALM members to join in and contribute to questions during the session.  So please register for Adults Learning Maths in the lockdown at



Further planned Virtual Seminars include 

Lead Speaker Country Title  of seminar Planned dates
Keiko Yasukawa Australia Numerate Environments in a Changing World Oct. 29, 2020
Jeff Evans UK The Use of Statistics: What have we learned from the COVID-19 pandemic? November 2020
Linda Ahl Sweden Adult Maths in Prison Education December 2020
Peter Liljedahl Canada (Vancouver) Numeracy vs. Numberacy January 2021
Marta Civil USA (Arizona) “We also think and solve problems”: Mathematical conversations with immigrant adults February 2021

Look forward to seeing you.