Introduction to TWG07 Adult Mathematics Education

Authors Beth Kelly , Javier Diez-Palomar , Fiona Faulkner , Kees Hoogland
Publication date 2022
Research groups Mathematical and analytical competences of professionals
Type Lecture


This paper is a summary paper of the Thematic Working Group (TWG) on Adult Mathematics Education (AME). As the only thematic working group that focuses on adults’ lived experiences of mathematics, the research makes an important contribution to the field of Mathematics Education. The main themes in this group identify that adult numerical behaviour goes beyond the mathematics skills, knowledge, and procedures taught in formal education It is multifaceted, requiring the use of higher order skills of analysis and judgement, applied within a broad array of life’s contexts, experienced through a range of emotions. The research in this group points to the need to raise the profile of research that shows the benefits to adults of learning mathematics but also the long term economic disbenefits in the neglect of teaching and teacher training for this group.

On this publication contributed

  • Kees Hoogland
    • Professor
    • Research group: Mathematical and analytical competences of professionals

Language English
Key words adult mathematics education, numeracy, PIAAC