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Calling all those Teaching, Training and/or Researching Adult Numeracy/Maths

It has been suggested that Adult Numeracy is the ‘Cinderella’ of adult basic skills provision and, indeed, it has been 11 years since RaPAL dedicated a journal to the subject. However, don’t worry numeracy tutors, the next edition of the RaPAL journal (the journal of Research and Practice in Adult Literacies) is for you! Journal no. 92 will focus on numeracy learning and teaching as considered from a social practice perspective that values what people do with their numeracy skills and the social contexts that shape meaningful numeracy practices.

Suggestions for contributions may address issues related to the following:

  • How do you resolve teaching potentially de-contextualised, foundation maths skills in a way that is meaningful and relevant?
  • Is your teaching of numeracy embedded in learners’ own contexts and practices? If so can you share how you achieve this in your practice?
  • Is it difficult to teach numeracy as a social practice within an environment that places increasing emphasis on accreditation, progression and employability outcomes? How have you developed creative or innovative responses to these constraints?
  • How does your numeracy practice reflect the values, attitudes and beliefs of your learners, taking into the account the ‘common sense’ everyday numeracy practices carried out by adults?
  • What are learners’ feelings and aspirations regarding numeracy/maths learning and teaching?

We would like to hear from numeracy and mathematics tutors, literacy tutors who incorporate numeracy into their classes, ESOL tutors who use everyday maths to help develop language skills, those researching mathematics learning and teaching, or anyone with a strong interest in sharing their numeracy practice.

We welcome both new and experienced writers. We are happy to discuss your ideas and to help with drafting and preparing your piece for publication. If you require further information on writing for the journal, please see the RaPAL journal (https://rapal.org.uk). Your contribution could be:

  • an extended academic discussion (this will be peer-reviewed)
  • a reflective piece on your numeracy teaching
  • an outline of something that is working well in your own practice
  • a description of something new or innovative that you have tried in your practice
  • a poem or other creative piece
  • something visual with text as required
  • something we haven’t thought of – any length!

We need to see first drafts by Friday 28th April 2017 at the latest and will provide support and feedback as required. Please send a copy of your draft to both editors as soon as you are able at the following email addresses.

With best wishes

Angela and Rachel


Angela Cahill

VTOS Coordinator,

Louth and Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB)

Abbey Road, Navan

Co. Meath,


Tel: 00353 469012160

Mob: 00353 871235572

Email: acahill@lmetb.ie


Rachel Stubley

Adult literacy, numeracy & ESOL and post-compulsory education

University of South Wales/Prifysgol De Cymru

Usk Way / Ffordd Wysg

Newport / Casnewydd NP20 2BP

tel / ffôn: 01633 432218

email / ebost: rachel.stubley@southwales.ac.uk

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