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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

Once again at the end of August we can look back on a very successful summer conference, held this year in London, UK at UCL Institute of Education. We were pleased to join with NANAMIC members on one of these days for a combined programme. I give my thanks to the organisers: Beth Kelly (Chair of the Conference Committee), Diane Dalby (Chair of Programme Committee), Jeff Evans, Graham Griffiths, Helen Oughton and Jenny Stacey. I also thank our helpers (Israa Alshami, Jackie Ashton, Maha El-Habashy Diana Solitro, Thy-Loam Stuart and Behzad Tarfiee who provided an excellent service of guiding and supporting all the participants.
This was our 25th annual international conference and to mark the occasion a celebratory volume was published with a sample of papers from the first 21 conference proceedings. Copies of this volume were distributed to ALM 25 participants. My thanks go the editors Katherine Safford-Ramus, John Keogh, John O’Donoghue and Terry Maguire.
There are other comments about the ALM 25 conference and the preparation for the Proceedings elsewhere in this Bulletin. Each annual conference always has its own committees, and we will be telling you more about preparations for ALM26, in Sweden, in future bulletins but please mark the dates in your diary, July 7th-10th, 2019.

David Kaye
Chair ALM Trustees

ALM Trustees

The work of ALM throughout the year is guided by a committee of Trustees who are elected (or re-elected) at the ALM Annual General Meeting (AGM) held annually during the conference. The Trustees and officers elected this year to serve until July 2019 are:

Charlotte Arkenback (Sweden)
Catherine Byrne (Ireland)
Diane Dalby (UK)
Jeff Evans (UK)
Lynda Ginsburg (USA)
Linda Jarlskog (Sweden)
Marc Jorgensen (Secretary - USA)
David Kaye (Chair – UK)
Beth Kelly (Treasurer – UK)
John Keogh (Membership Secretary – Ireland)
Judy Larsen (Canada)
Jurriaan Steen (Assistant Treasurer – Netherlands)

ALM25: Boundaries and bridges

Catherine Byrne, Ireland reflects on the last 25 years …

It is hard to believe that ALM is celebrating 25 years. I remember a meeting in Birmingham one cold November day when a group of passionate ‘adult maths’ educators and researchers were setting up ALM. For me, I had found my community, one centred on teaching maths to adults. Across different countries and settings, far from my own, we met and understood each other in a way that others who worked beside us did not.

My lasting impressions of ALM25 are the warmth of the organisers and the student helpers and the pride they had in ALM and in their college, UCL, where the conference was held. It was like a gathering of friends, old and new, students and collaborators. My big regret was that I could not be in many places at once. Some workshops were so different and challenging that I struggled to choose. I’ll remember Bobby Seagull’s energy and sense of fun, and Maria’s intriguing title, "Divorce, Evil, and the Regime of Terror". Marcus and the theory of margin really struck me as an innovative way to express the juggling of load and power of mature students, whilst other sessions such as Beth’s workshop on Motivation, Confidence and Emotion and Sonja’s on the usefulness of ‘Maths Histories’ as a holistic assessment tool were thought provoking experiences. The session on the ALM journal reminded me that we are truly “standing on the shoulders of giants” and that future generations of researchers will have many reasons to thank Javier, Gail and Katherine for their legacy.

Beth Kelly, UK, Chair of ALM 25 Organising Committee. expresses her thanks …

The ALM 25 conference at the UCL IOE in London this July, was great gathering of mathematics researchers and teachers from 14 countries across the world, exchanging experiences of mathematics education with adults. The theme of ‘Boundaries and Bridges: adults learning mathematics in a fractured world’, attracted some varied contributions from which the Organising Committee put together a stimulating timetable of workshops, plenary speakers and leisure activities to encourage some thought-provoking exchanges of ideas.

I would like to thank the committee for all their hard work which, judging by the feedback, was well worth it.

Reminder of Proceedings and Journal Deadlines for sharing ideas from ALM25

Deadline for an article in the peer-reviewed ALM-IJ: October 15, 2018.

Deadline for an article or paper in the ALM25 proceedings: November 5th, 2018.

Please be aware we are finalising a new system for the submission of articles, a statement will follow shortly. Guidelines for writing are available at http://www.alm-online.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/ALM-Guidelines-Paper-for-Proceedings-or-Article-for-Journal.pdf and a template for writing is available at:http://www.alm-online.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/This-is-the-normal-text-for-the-paper.pdf

Previous ALM conferences

The proceedings of previous conferences are available on the ALM website under open access and Creative Common License Agreement in concordance with ALM policies.

ALM Journal

ALM also publishes on-line a peer reviewed international journal and during the previous year a working group set up by the Trustees has been looking at the membership of the Editorial Team and Board and the process of the production of the Journal. A full report on this was put to the AGM and is available on our website. The revised Editorial Team who will be producing the next edition of the ALM International Journal are:

Editor: Javier Diez-Palomar

Associate Editors: Jeff Evans, Linda Galligan, Lynda Ginsburg, Graham Griffiths, Kees Hoogland.

Adults Mathematics Education at CERME11

The call for papers deadline is 15 September. Submissions should take the form of a maximum 8 page paper or 2 page poster proposal.

The topics to be addressed in this group 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 (e.g. curriculum, pedagogies, didactics) and good practices in adult mathematics education and lifelong learning. 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.

Additional opportunity

In December 2018, the Brazilian Federal Institutes will commemorate their first 10 years with a special research issue of their journal addressing the role of Mathematics Education in and for the World of Work. The International Journal for Research in Mathematics Education - RIPEM is a peer-reviewed electronic journal published by SBEM, the Brazilian Society for Mathematics Education. The thematic issue editors are Lauro Chagas e Sá, from Federal Institute of Espírito Santo (BR), and Ana Lucia Braz Dias, from Central Michigan University (US).
Manuscript submissions are due September 30, 2018. Proposed articles should be submitted to the journal page http://sbembrasil.org.br/revista/index.php/ripem
The call for papers deadline is 15 September. Submissions should take the form of a maximum 8 page paper or 2 page poster proposal.

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 will focus on Adult Mathematics Education.

The topics to be addressed in this group 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 (e.g. curriculum, pedagogies, didactics) and good practices in adult mathematics education and lifelong learning. 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.

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 http://www.alm-online.net/become-a-member/

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