Call for Papers


ALM21: “Adults Learning Mathematics –
Inside and Outside the Classroom”



Please note that the deadline for the call for papers has been extended until April 30th. If you submit your proposal before April  21st, we will ensure that it will be reviewed promptly and that you can still register for the early bird offer. If your proposal gets to  us later than April 21st we can not guarantee you a timely response,  but your proposal will still be considered for the conference.

We welcome proposals from practitioners and researchers for a variety of sessions addressing any specific issues related to the theme of the conference “Adults Learning Mathematics – Inside and Outside the Classroom”. Please note that we intend to structure the foci of three full conference days as follows:

  • Monday, June 30, 2014: “Learning Inside the Classroom”
  • Tuesday, July 1, 2014: “Learning Outside the Classroom”
  • Wednesday, July 2, 2014: “Coordinating Learning Inside and Outside the Classroom”

Consider these foci and read the description of sessions below to help you decide which form best suits your presentation. We encourage all presenters to involve delegates in interactive sessions. Complete the form below and submit it no later than April 30th, 2014.

Please note that the publication of the conference proceedings will be organised as follows: There will be two parts of the conference proceedings. Peer reviewed contributions will be published as a special edition of the ALM international journal. These submissions will have to be made no later than July 31, 2014, i.e. a month after the conference. The non-peer reviewed contributions can be submitted by September 30. 2014.

Click here to submit a Proposal form


Paper presentation (45 minutes)

A paper session at the conference is of 45 minutes duration to allow 30 minutes for presentation of key issues and 15 minutes for discussion. We encourage presenters to be as interactive as possible.

The purpose of the paper may be to:

  • Report on a research project
  • Provide a position paper for discussion
  • Instigate a theoretical discussion
  • Reflectively critique practice
  • Describe a new programme
  • Provide a literature review
  • Or some mixture of these or similar activities


Workshop (90 minutes)

A workshop session is of 90 minutes duration and should include some form of interactive participation for all participants which might include small group discussion, simulation of learning activities, hands on mathematics/numeracy or some mixture of these.

The purpose of the workshop may be to:

  • Demonstrate and model practice
  • Discuss issues
  • Demonstrate practical implications of research
  • Provide opportunity for participants to interact with technology based teaching strategies/resources


Topic group (90 minutes)

The major part of the time in this session should be discussion of a nominated theme with a structured opening and may include short presentations from a number of participants (5-10 minutes). Proposers of such sessions need to organise a minimum of three people to be involved in leading the discussion. The abstract should make clear the context and focus and could provide key questions to be addressed. Topic groups usually have two linked sessions in one conference in order to enable a development of the addressed ideas during the event.



Facilities will be available to organise a poster display in the foyer of the conference venue and time will be allocated on the programme for conference participants to discuss issues displayed on posters. Contributors to this session should indicate the topic to be displayed and the amount of space required.


For more information please contact the local conference administrator:

Sonja Beeli

Universität Bern, Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft

Fabrikstrasse 8

CH-3012 Bern