Topic Study Group 8:
Adult mathematics education
B105 and B106 Rooms

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

  • 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
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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
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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.

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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

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