ALM 2021/22 Virtual Seminar Series

Introduction to the Virtual Seminar Series

ALM 2021/22 Virtual Seminar Series

ALM is pleased to announce that following the success of the Virtual Seminar Series in 2020-2021 we propose to continue with a series in 2021-2022  and are pleased to share details of the four planned seminars

1.       Lena Lindenskov – Monday 10th January 2022.  The presentation can be seen at our YouTube Channel.
2.       Takeaways from CERME12 – Saturday 5th February  2022. The presentation can be seen at our YouTube Channel.
3.       Iddo Gal – Monday 14th March  2022. The presentation can be seen at our YouTube Channel soon.

In association with the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE)

4.       Gabriele Kaiser & Maike Lüssenhop  – 25th April 2022:  19h00 (UTC)   Register now!


4. Secondary Teachers’ Perspectives on Mathematics Teaching for Newly Arrived Students in German Schools

The fourth virtual seminar will take place on Monday 25th April 2022 at 19h00 (UTC) equals 8PM (UK) equals 21h00 (CET).
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Name of speakers: Gabriele Kaiser, Maike Lüssenhop (University of Hamburg)

Abstract: The increase in international migration and the global number of students learning mathematics through a language other than their home language makes immigrants’ educational pathways a particularly urgent issue. The presentation will focus on the German context and is based on qualitative interviews with mathematics teachers teaching immigrant classes. The central phenomenon that preoccupied all teachers was how to adapt mathematics teaching to the language- and mathematics-related diversity of their students while simultaneously helping students to meet the educational expectations the curricula or/and final examinations. Due to the lack of institutional support for the teaching in immigrant classes and lack of awareness in dealing with multilingualism and mathematics-related diversity in mathematics lessons, they were generally frustrated with the situation. Overall, the study points to the necessity of examining current practices of schooling immigrant children to contribute to more inclusive mathematics education.

Registration and further information:  You canregister  for this virtual seminar and check your local time at this page.


Bio: Gabriele Kaiser holds a master’s degree as a teacher for mathematics and humanities for lower and upper secondary level. She completed her doctorate in mathematics education in 1986 with a study on applications and modelling. Since 1998, she is full professor for mathematics education at the Faculty of Education of the University of Hamburg. Her areas of research are empirical studies on teacher education and teachers’ professionalism, modelling and applications in school, international comparative studies, gender and cultural aspects in mathematics education. She was convenor of the 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education in 2016. Since 2005 she is editor-in-chief of the high-ranking journal ZDM –Mathematics Education. In addition, she is editing several book series at national and international level. From 2017 to 2021 she was a professorial fellow at the Institute for Leaning Sciences and Teacher Education at the Australian Catholic University in Brisbane (Australien). Currently, she holds an additional 0.2 professorship at Nord University in Bodø (Norway).



 1. “How to encourage citizenship for democracy through mathematics”
    – Exploring how mathematics can strengthen adults’ participation in formal and informal democracy”-

This virtual seminar took place on Monday 10th January 2022 at 19h00 (UTC).

Name of speaker: Lena Lindenskov (Denmark)

Abstract: Lena’s topic focuses on how teachers might strengthen adults’ participation in formal and informal democracy. She will explore the notion of democracy and its links to adults mathematics education, giving examples but also posing questions about how  mathematics/numeracy teachers can develop democratic approaches in their teaching planning.

For the presentation see here: Presentation
For more information see the padlet:
The presentation can be seen at our YouTube Channel.

Bio: Lena Lindenskov is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Theory and Curriculum Studies, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University.
Her research focusses on children’s, adolescents’ and adults’ interest and difficulties in learning mathematics, and on mathematical/numeracy competence related to democracy. She has been involved in a number of European Union projects and conferences focusing on adults learning mathematics In addition, she participated 1999-2004 in developing the Danish national curriculum and teacher training for Preparatory Adult Education in mathematics, with Tine Wedege and Bjarne Sonberg. She has contributed to the Danish mathematics team in PISA 1999-2019.

2. Takeaways from the CERME12 conference

The second virtual seminarTakeaways from the CERME12 conference took place on Saturday 5th February 2022 at 14h00 (UTC)
This seminar showed the results of the Thematic Working Group (TWG) on Adult Mathematics Education  at the  12th Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME12), 2nd to 5th of February, 2022.
Organisers of theTWG: Kees Hoogland (The Netherlands), Beth Kelly (UK), Fiona Faulkner (Ireland), Javier Díez-Palomar (Spain).
Abstract: This seminar was broadcasted from the closing session of Thematic Working Group (TWG) on Adult Mathematics Education of  CERME12. This seminar showed the range of contributions from attendees, considering  the breadth and depth of challenges faced by adults learning mathematics in different contexts  as well as their motivations to engage with those challenges. As we are only too well aware many adults have had to deal with barriers to learning mathematics, whether cultural, political, emotional, educational, psychological, economic or social. The leaders of the group will present the work of the TWG in an interactive session.


Title Authors presentation in pdf
Changing perceptions among adult learners (19+) in Further Education studying GCSE mathematics: the importance of the pilot study for methodology and data analysis Stacey, Jennifer Mary TWG07 Presentation JS(331)
Financial Literacy and Numeracy: Exploring the skills and knowledge needed to survive in complex financial systems. Kelly, Beth TWG07 Presentation BK(368)
Research contributions to adults learning mathematics in the field of numeracy in the last twenty years Diez Palomar, Francisco Javier; Hoogland, Kees TWG07 Presentation JDP(511)
Adult numeracy – a paradigm shift Kaye, David TWG07 Presentation DK(597)
A comparison of the problem solving and procedural skills of those in adult mathematics education in Ireland Faulkner, Fiona; Breen, Cormac; Prendergast, Mark; Carr, Michael TWG07 Presentation FF(605)
Numeracy-Meets: professional development and networking for adult numeracy practitioners Prendergast, Mark; O’Meara, Niamh; O’Sullivan, Kathy; Faulkner, Fiona TWG07 Presentation MP (629)
ALM Mathematics in Prison (MiP) Byrne, Catherine TWG07 Presentation CB(704)
Democracy and mathematics instruction for adults -three philosophical perspectives Lindenskov, Lena TWG07 Presentation LL(736)
Psychosocial factors, level of mathematics and progression in an access programme Forster, Annette Mary; Faulkner, Fiona; Prendergast, Mark TWG07 Presentation AF(752)
The Mathematisation of Society: Rethinking Basic Skills for Adults Hoogland, Kees; Díez-Palomar, Javier TWG07 Presentation KH(768)
Measuring numeracy skills mismatch with PIAAC data Dulam, Tina TWG07 Presentation TD(855)
The mathematical competence of vocational teacher s with a focus on economics an empirical comparison between prospective teachers with and without mathematics as a subject Bradtke, Niclas; Borromeo Ferri, Rita; Summary NB(884)

A summary of the presentations can be found at our YouTube Channel

3. What every (numeracy) educator working with (young) adults should know about Civic Statistics, and why

The third virtual seminar was offered and hosted by Adults Learning Mathematics (ALM) in association with the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE).


The seminar took place on Monday 14th March 2022 at 19h00 (UTC).
Name of speaker: Iddo Gal (Israel)

Abstract: This seminar focused on understanding ‘Civic Statistics’ which pertain to ‘hot’ domains such as health, crime, poverty, employment, income, (in)equality, environment, and other societal topics. Civic Statistics are of critical importance to societies and take central role in the news and in political life, yet many educators working in adult education (or in schools or colleges) are unfamiliar with their nuances and educational promise for developing statistical literacy and numeracy. We will illustrate the unique features of Civic Statistics, and discuss resulting implications for teaching practices and for promoting critical interpretation, and resulting research frontiers.

Bio: Iddo Gal is an Associate Professor (retired), Dept. of Human Services, University of Haifa, Israel. Iddo enjoys multidisciplinary interests, encompassing the conceptualization, development and assessment of adult numeracy, statistical literacy and related functional competencies; and management of service organizations and empowerment of workers and clients of service organizations. Iddo is a Past-President of the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE), has chaired the Numeracy Expert Group of the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), was a member of the ProCivicStat project (supported by the European Commission’s ERASMUS program), and has been working with UNESCO on developing frameworks for evaluating and enhancing adult numeracy for the U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 4.6.

For the presentation see here: Iddo Gal – Presentation key slides – Civic Statistics – Webinar ALM+IASE – 14 March 2022
The presentation can be seen at our YouTube Channel soon.



ALM Virtual Seminar Organising Committee

  • Charlotte Arkenback (Sweden)
  • Catherine Byrne (Ireland)
  • Kees Hoogland (The Netherlands)
  • Linda Jarlskog (Sweden)
  • Beth Kelly (UK)
  • Judy Larsen (Canada)