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FitzSimons, Gail E. – Adults Learning Mathematics, 2019

Adults return to study mathematics for a range of varied and complex reasons. This article addresses the boundaries and barriers that adult learners of mathematics may have faced in the past, or in the present and the future. Taking into account the impact of our era of rapid technological change, I argue for the importance of developing…

Descriptors: Adult Learning, Mathematics Instruction, Adult Education, Teacher Competencies

Ryan, Maria D; Fitzmaurice, Olivia; Johnson, Patrick – Adults Learning Mathematics, 2019

Increasing numbers of students attending higher education institutions in Ireland take obligatory mathematics modules -- service mathematics -- as part of their programmes of study. A dislike of mathematics is frequently expressed among students, particularly mature students, some of whom experience mathematics anxiety. However, despite their…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Mathematics Instruction, Student Attitudes

Jain, Pragati; Rogers, Merran – Adults Learning Mathematics, 2019

Adult learners preparing for university level study have varying degrees of prior experience, confidence, ability, motivation and need when it comes to mathematical tasks. The development of numeracy skills is a core aspect of university preparation, with many university courses requiring a certain level of mathematical literacy. The standard…

Descriptors: Adult Learning, Critical Thinking, Numeracy, Mathematics Skills

Ahl, Linda Marie – Adults Learning Mathematics, 2019

In the Swedish Prison Education Program only two out of ten reach a passing grade in their mathematics courses. Large variation in prior knowledge makes it difficult to meet the students at their level. This paper reports on a project aiming to enhance students' possibilities to access mathematics through individualization. Research findings on…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematical Concepts, Prior Learning, Mathematics Instruction

Kontogianni, Aristoula; Tatsis, Konstantinos – Adults Learning Mathematics, 2018

Based on the significance of graph comprehension within statistical literacy, we present the findings of a study that took place in a Second Chance School in Greece. Our aim was to assess the progress of adults' comprehension of graphs. In order to offer to our adult students tasks with realistic context we used graphs, published in the media,…

Descriptors: Graphs, Foreign Countries, Comprehension, Adult Students

Evans, Jeff – Adults Learning Mathematics, 2018

Statistics is one of the important branches of mathematics taught in schools, colleges and universities. It is also an important tool in public policy discussions. This paper focuses on the use of statistics in the latter context, rather than its use in adult mathematics education research. I review the key characteristics of the statistical…

Descriptors: Statistics, Public Policy, Adult Education, Mathematics Education

Caniglia, Joana – Adults Learning Mathematics, 2018

In the United States, after approximately 90 days of English language programs, refugee adults are placed in the mainstream, where they face enormous challenges including navigating bus schedules, buying groceries with a different monetary system, shopping for necessities, and applying for needed social services. The complexity of the mathematics…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Refugees, Mathematics Teachers

Smeets, Ionica – Adults Learning Mathematics, 2018

In this discussion paper we look at questions that adults have about numbers. Many of their questions are not about pure mathematics, but about personal, cultural or societal issues. We discuss how to connect mathematical topics with things people are interested in, based on theoretic knowledge from the field of science communication. We focus on…

Descriptors: Adults, Mathematics, Interests, Mathematics Instruction

Safford-Ramus, Katherine; Coben, Diana – Adults Learning Mathematics, 2018

The Thirteenth Meeting of the International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-13) convened in Hamburg, Germany, in July, 2016. There were two Topic Study Groups (TSGs) dedicated exclusively to adult learners and the authors of this paper served on the organizing committees of these groups. Arrangements were made by the congress committee…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Educational Research, International Organizations, Meetings

Colleran, Noel – Adults Learning Mathematics, 2018

Recent work by a number of researchers has argued that the capacity for mathematical thinking is innate to human intelligence. Much of the evidence for this conclusion is based on findings in fields as diverse as linguistics, genetics, evolution, archaeology, psychology, and philosophy. This paper argues that the genealogy for this development is…

Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, Mathematics Skills, Equal Education, Mathematics Education

Ryan, Maria; Fitzmaurice, Olivia – Adults Learning Mathematics, 2017

Admitting that one is "no good at mathematics" or "hates mathematics" is a common admission among student cohorts. For mature students who harbour a strong dislike of mathematics, these feelings can be exacerbated when they are faced with having to do an obligatory service mathematics module as part of a programme of study. For…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Anxiety, Anxiety, Rating Scales

Galligan, Linda; Frederiks, Anita; Wandel, Andrew P.; Robinson, Clare; Abdulla, Shahab; Hussain, Zanubia – Adults Learning Mathematics, 2017

Numeracy needs of nursing students are often underestimated by students when they enter university. Even when students are aware of the mathematics required, students underestimate or overestimate the skills they have. Research has highlighted the mathematics and numeracy skills required of nurses and nursing students and numerous studies have…

Descriptors: Nursing Students, Numeracy, Student Attitudes, Nursing Education

Díez-Palomar, Javier – Adults Learning Mathematics, 2017

This paper introduces the Mathematics Dialogic Gatherings (MDG) as a successful way to encourage adults' learning of mathematics. We report on a group of adults who attended a MDG in an adult school placed in Barcelona. Participants in this group do not have an academic trajectory. They attend once a week a session in the adult school, where they…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Foreign Countries, Mathematical Concepts

Dalby, Diane – Adults Learning Mathematics, 2017

Professional identities may be viewed as narrative constructions in social situations but personal experiences and beliefs are fundamental influences in their development. Within Further Education colleges in England, mathematics teachers are typically expected to fulfil multiple roles, teaching a wide range of curricula and age groups, and this…

Descriptors: Professional Identity, Mathematics Teachers, Foreign Countries, Continuing Education

Evans, Jeff; Yasukawa, Keiko; Mallows, David; Creese, Brian – Adults Learning Mathematics, 2017

In the 2012 PIAAC Survey of Adult Skills of 23 industrialised countries, the UK (England & NI) scored below average on adult numeracy. Several recommendations focus on the need for (some) individuals in the population to undergo training. Yet, even in "high-performing countries" like the Netherlands, many adults (1.5M) score at or…

Descriptors: Numeracy, Adult Literacy, Adults, Mathematics Skills