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.

ALM24: Looking back

We have experienced another very successful ALM annual conference in July this year which was organised by our colleagues in the Netherlands, particularly Kees Hoogland, Rinske Stelwagen and Kooske Franken.
There is a tradition and an expectation of what an ALM conference should be. ALM 24 which took place in Rotterdam did not disappoint us in any way. It was organised efficiently with significant and relevant academic content interspersed with time for informal contact with other participants and in addition an entertaining social programme. There was also the challenge of the Albeda Mathematics Escape Room offered to all.
We were all delighted to be informed at the opening of the conference that the total number of participants was 100.
A few more statistics: there were 13 countries represented, six plenary speakers, 38 parallel sessions and one meorable conference dinner.
With a wide range of plenary subjects and a large choice of parallel sessions everyone’s personal experience of the conference was unique. Those of us who are Trustees heard many expressions of satisfaction and joy, and perhaps the main complaint was a good one – that so many sessions had to be missed.
Preparations are now being made to publish papers from the conference, in both the Conference Proceedings and the Special Edition of the ALM International Journal. Contributors will be informed directly about dates, format and the review process.
You can get a small flavour of the conference by looking at the presentations now available on the ALM website
David Kaye – Chair ALM

ALM Trustees

At ALM 24 the formal Annual General Meeting for Adults Learning Mathematics – a research forum was held. At this meeting the Trustees were elected, who form the organising committee of ALM.
The Trustees and officer positions elected for 2017/18 are as follows:
Chair – David Kaye (UK)
Secretary – Beth Kelly (UK)
Treasurer – Graham Griffiths (UK)
Membership Secretary – John Keogh (Ireland)
Jeff Evans (UK)
Lynda Ginsburg (USA)
Kees Hoogland (The Netherlands)
Linda Jarlskog (Sweden)
Marc Jorgensen (USA)
Linda Larsson (Sweden)

ALM25: looking forward

ALM is celebrating in 2018 the fifth lustrum conference at the Institute of Education, UCL, London, UK, 9th - 12th July, 2018
The initial planning team is Diane Dalby, Jeff Evans, Graham Griffiths, David Kaye, Beth Kelly, Helen Oughton and Jenny Stacey. Watch out for news and developments on the ALM25 Conference on the ALM website.
The ALM network is alive and active as never before with delegations at ICME13, BCME9, and CERME11.


The second cycle of PIAAC is starting up, again with an extensive survey of the literacy, numeracy and probelms solving skills of adults aged 16 to 65. Longstanding ALM-members were involved in the review of the PIAAC Numeracy Framework. We will keep you informed in the forthcoming bulletins. Read more

BCME9 in Warwick

The next British Congress of Mathematics education (BCME) will be held from 3rd to 6th of April 2017 in Warwick.
At this conference there will be for the first time a series of linked presentations which will focus on adult mathematics education. The draft programme is available on the BCME website

Recent UK report on post-16 mathematics

After some delay in publication, the review of 16-18 mathematics in England by Professor Sir Adrian Smith’s was released in July 2017. The UK is relatively unusual in not making mathematics compulsory for 16-18 year olds and this report notes some of the issues that need to be addressed in widening access to mathematics for this age group. One of the important issues that Smith notes is the complexity of post 16 education in the UK and the importance of making sure that all routes have an appropriate mathematics component. The report also raises the need to improve the somewhat negative views of mathematics that many individuals hold. An interesting perspective concerns the problem of teaching capacity – especially if access is widened – and the need to look to technological solutions for the delivery of mathematics education.
It is unfortunate that the review, despite the title post 16, only considered 16-18 education. Submissions from a number of institutions did note that their work related programmes included both 16-18 and older adults. As such, policy responses that focus on 16-18 will impact on vocational education and this will follow through to older adults. You can find the report here.

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:

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