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Adult mathematics education

B105 and B106 Rooms

(people who start school in an advanced age; continuing education; citizenship)


Organizing team composition

Aims and focus

Call for papers

Papers and discussion documents

Team chairs:

Diana Coben (United Kingdom)

King’s College London

Department of Education and Professional Studies

Professor of Adult Numeracy

Franklin-Wilkins Building (Waterloo Bridge Wing)

Waterloo Road

London, SE1 9NH UK Tel: +44 20 7848 3105

Fax: +44 20 7848 3182

Martha Villavicencio (Peru)

Universidad Peruna Cayetano Heredia

Escuela de Posgrado

Professor of the Mthematics Didactics Programme

Avenida Armendariz 445

Lima 18 - Miraflores


Tel: +51-1-4455630

Fax: +51-1-4461401

Gelsa Knijnik (Brazil)

Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos

Professor of Graduate Program on Education

Rua Mariante, 322/502

Porto Alegre


Tel: +55-51-33119767

Fax: +55-51-33119767 and

Team members:

John O’Donoghue (Ireland)

University of Limerick

Mathematics & Statistics Department



Tel: +353-61-202481

Fax: +353-61-334927

Maria da Conceição Fonseca (Brazil)

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Professor of Program on Education: Knowledge and 

Social Inclusion -Numeracy Study Group

Rua Conceição do Mato Dentro, 250, apto 1203 A

Belo Horizonte 31310-240


Tel: +55-31-34925218

Tel: +55-31-34995319

Fax: +55-31-34995329

Aims and focus

TSG 8 brings together Congress participants who are interested in presentations and discussions of important new trends and developments in research and practice in adult mathematics education.

The Study Group encompasses all mathematics and numeracy education undertaken by adults for the purposes of personal, social, political or economic development, and as a course of study in its own right, or in support of learning another subject, developing a skill or furthering an activity.

‘Adult’ is interpreted as referring to people who start, resume or continue their education in formal, informal or non-formal settings, beyond the normal age of schooling in their societies.

The TSG 8 sessions will include presentations and discussions of important new trends and developments in research or practice in adult mathematics education. They will provide both an overview of the current state-of-the-art in adult mathematics education, and expositions of significant recent contributions to the field, as seen from our various international perspectives.

Call for papers


The TSG 8 Organising Team welcome proposals from all those who are interested in participating in TSG 8. We shall compose the programme based on the proposals we receive, subject to final approval by the IPC of ICME-11.

Proposals for Papers should be in English and have the following content:

• name(s) and title(s) of the author(s)

• institution, address, country, email, phone, fax (with international dial code)

• title of presentation

• abstract with up to four references (maximum 500 words)

Proposals should be sent to the Chairs of the TSG 8 Organising Team. All proposals we receive will be acknowledged with thanks. All members of the Organising Team are willing to give informal advice to anyone preparing a proposal. Our addresses are listed below.

Proposals must reach the Organising Team by 30 November, 2007.

Proposers will be informed of the Organising Team’s decision by 18 January, 2008.

The deadline for the Organising Team to receive a full paper is 14 March, 2008.

Organisation and presentation

All proposals received by the due date (see above) will be reviewed by the Organising Team, leading to one of the following outcomes:

(a) The proposal is accepted for the full paper to be published on the TSG 8 website before the Congress, plus ‘hard-copy’ distribution during the TSG 8 meetings (if desired, this may be done by the contributor) – this is the normal outcome for successful proposals;

(b) The proposal is accepted as a 20-minute oral presentation in TSG 8 during the Congress – the outcome for a small subset of the proposals accepted;

© The proposal is accepted to be presented as a poster in relation to the work of TSG 8;

(d) The proposal is rejected.

The group will meet for four sessions (two one-hour and two ninety-minute sessions) in the Congress timetable. TSG 8 participants are expected to stay with their group throughout the four sessions. These will be organised by the Organising Team so as to maximise focus, discussion and participation. Parallel sessions may be used.

All papers accepted will be published on the TSG 8 website before the Congress.

The Organising Team intend to edit a special issue of an international peer reviewed journal with selected papers accepted for TSG 8.

Please consult the ICME-11/TSG 8 website, which will be updated continuously and will include background papers.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The TSG 8 Organising Team

Papers and discussion documents

What Mathematical Media Suit Adult Students?- Boondao & Chantarasonthi (145.00 KB)

Conscience Politics and Citizenship in the Math Ed with Digital Inclusion - Chiummo (37.00 KB)

Numeracy for Nursing – creating a benchmark – Coben et al (559.00 KB)

Women, men and mathematics: a view based on data from the 4th National Functional Literacy Indicator (INAF-Brazil) - de Souza & Fonseca (51.00 KB)

Learning Mathematics with adult learners: Drawing from a parents’ perspective - Díez-Palomar et al (157.00 KB)

Adults dealing with mathematics: an Italian experience – Faggiano et al (53.00 KB)

Numeracy Practices for Tables Construction in Youth and Adult Education - Fonseca & Lima (50.00 KB)

An integrative approach to building professional attributes in a first year nursing course: Description and preliminary analysis of academic numeracy -Galligan et al (595.00 KB)

Adult Education and Ethnomathematics: An analysis of a pedagogical experience with Brazilian landless movement leaders - Knijnik & Wanderer (55.00 KB)

Findings and Results from a Master of Arts Investigation and Research into the Effects of Learner Self-Confidence on Competence in Mathematics - Lanigan (95.00 KB)

Classroom Participation in Pre-College Mathematics Courses in a Community College - Mesa (694.00 KB)

An Investigation into Bilingual Adult Mathematics Learners within an Irish Context - Ní Ríordáin & O’Donoghue (69.00 KB)

A Summary of Research about Perspectives on Knowledge with Implications for Adult Mathematics Education - Safford-Ramus (83.00 KB)

Adult mathematics education in Peru: Advances and some problems to be solved - Villavicencio (48.00 KB)