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					                    CONNECTING VOICES:
             Practitioners, researchers & learners
             in adult mathematics and numeracy
                          Melbourne, Australia,
             Sunday evening 3rd July - Thursday 7th July, 2005

                   The 12th International Conference of
                   Adults Learning Mathematics (ALM)
                            to be held jointly with
             the Australian Council for Adult Literacy (ACAL)
                          and in cooperation with
          the Australasian Bridging Mathematics Network (BMN)
Connecting Voices is a conference about adults learning and using mathematics. It is a chance to
 catch up on professional development, to share experiences, to explore current issues affecting
 the range of numeracy and mathematics education for adults, to meet Australian and overseas
      practitioners and researchers, and to find out what people are doing around the globe.

                                      Important dates:
Submission of proposals                                              18 March 2005
Notification of proposal acceptance                                  31 March 2005
Early Bird registration                                              29 April 2005
Submission of refereed papers                                        6 July 2005
Submission of non-refereed papers                                    16 September 2005

 Who is it for?     Highlights and       Themes and        Call for papers       Conference
                      speakers             strands                                 program
The conference       Registration         Submitting           Financial         About ALM,
     fees             procedure             papers            assistance        ACAL & BMN
    Venue            Travel and         Accommodation                           Contacts and
                        visas                                                    information

Who is the conference for and who should come?
      Whatever your interest is, so long as it is related to adults using and learning
                               mathematics, please come!

Connecting Voices is a chance to catch up on professional development, to share
experiences, to explore current issues affecting the range of numeracy and mathematics
education for adults, to meet Australian and overseas practitioners and researchers, and
to find out what people are doing around the globe.

Participants will include
 practitioners of adult literacy and numeracy from community settings, colleges,
   TAFEs, training organisations, workplaces, literacy and numeracy programs,
   correctional institutions, migrant English services
 community members, workers and advocates
 teachers of bridging mathematics, youth workers, mathematics and vocational
   teachers in schools
 researchers, teacher educators, teacher trainees
 planners, policy makers, curriculum writers and program managers.

So please come:
 If you’ve been teaching for years, come and share what you do, or find new ideas
 If you’re just a beginner, come to the practical, hands-on workshops and see what’s
   worked for others
 If you’re interested in the interface between numeracy, mathematics and literacy and
 If you want to talk with others about how numeracy and literacy can work together,
   here’s your chance
 If you teach maths to nurses or engineers or jewellers, come and find someone else
   who does that sort of teaching too
 If you work with students bridging the gaps between school and tertiary education
 If you’ve been working with indigenous students, or would like to, come and share
   those experiences
 If you are interested in the maths that people do and how they do it in real life, in the
   work place, at home, using money – come and hear speakers talking about their
   work and research
 If you’re interested in mathematics and its place in society and how this impacts in a
   political, economic and social justice sense.

 Give a paper, a workshop or a roundtable, or just be a participant. Come to the dinner,
 dance to the bushband, and enjoy Melbourne in winter! See an Aussie Rules football

                    Highlights and key speakers
                             Highlights will include:
As well as Key Note speakers, a choice of focus speakers providing insights into specific
issues, including:
 a panel of speakers on indigenous issues
 strands addressing the needs of literacy and numeracy teachers, language teachers,
    teachers of bridging mathematics, and vocational education teachers
 a particular emphasis in the first two days ( Monday and Tuesday) on workshops for
    practitioners in adult literacy and numeracy
 an emphasis on the third day (Wednesday) on bridging maths issues
 a final day focus on mathematics and numeracy and its place in society and how this
    impacts in a political, economic and social justice sense
 a computer room available throughout the conference
 a mathematical smorgasbord of teaching and learning activities.

            Confirmed keynote and focus speakers include
Doug Clark, Australian Catholic University
Doug is Professor of Mathematics Education at the Australian Catholic University
(Victoria), where he directs the Mathematics Teaching and Learning Centre. He has
been joint national coordinator of the Australian Mathematics Curriculum and Teaching
Program (K-10), and Director of the Early Numeracy Research Project. Doug’s
professional interests include young children’s mathematical learning, using
mathematics to explore current events and students' interests, manageable and
meaningful assessment, and the professional growth of mathematics teachers.

Ruth Cossey (USA)
Ruth is associate professor of education at Mills College. She is currently Director for the
Mid-Career Mathematics and Science Program, a teacher pre-service program designed
to prepare mathematics and science professionals for new careers in urban education.
For ten years she served as a senior Mathematics Educator with EQUALS and FAMILY
MATH at the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley working
with teachers, parents, families, and community members. Dr. Cossey’s professional
interests include pre-service and in-service mathematics and science education,
sociology of education in urban environments, and mathematics education reform.

Beth Marr, Betty Johnston and Dave Tout (Australia)
Beth, Betty and Dave have been key figures in adult numeracy and mathematics
research and practice in Australia. Together, and individually, they have worked in the
areas of adult mathematics/numeracy research, teacher education, teaching practice,
assessment and curriculum and materials development. They have published
extensively and have been key speakers and presenters at literacy and
numeracy/mathematics conferences in Australia and overseas.

Mary-Jane Schmitt (USA)
Mary Jane currently co-directs the Empower Project at TERC, a non-profit US based
mathematics and science education research and development organization. She has
been involved with adult numeracy - the intersection of the fields of adult education and
mathematics education - for thirty years. Her doctoral work at the Harvard Graduate
School of Education focuses on the nature of adults' mathematical thinking.

Sessions will also include:
 A panel on issues relating to indigenous numeracy from a Pacific perspective
 A panel reporting from the Mathematics Education and Society (MES) conference
   that will have just been held in Queensland.


                              Theme and strands
                                     The theme
The theme of the conference is Connecting voices: practitioners, researchers & learners
in adult mathematics and numeracy, and the organisers hope that participants will be
able to weave this theme into most of their presentations.

Specific strands are listed below, with the name/s of people who are coordinating that
strand. If you have suggestions about what could be included, or would like advice about
what might be suitable please get in touch with the coordinator of that strand.

However, send any formal proposals for papers to the addresses in the call for papers.

Topic strands                   Coordinators
Bridging mathematics            Janet Hogan & 
                                Milton Fuller 
Financial numeracy              Betty Johnston, with
                                Andrew Chodkiewicz
Issues in indigenous            Keiko Yasukawa
Language and numeracy           Beth Marr     
Mathematics learning:           Marj Horne    
parents and community           Chris Brew    
New technologies                tba
Numeracy in and for the         Clive Kanes, with
workplace                       Gail FitzSimons and
                                Dave Tout     
Politics and social justice     Betty Johnston
issues of mathematics and
numeracy education
Teacher education and           Chris Brew &  
professional development        Terry Maguire 
Teaching, learning and          Dave Tout     
assessment practices
Vocational numeracy and         Dave Tout and 
applied learning                Marj Horne    
Resources room,                 tba with
maths smorgasbord               Rosemary Wood   


                                Call for papers
Deadline for all submissions: 18th March, 2005. A member of the organising committee
will respond to your submission by 31st March 2005. Please note that the deadline is
earlier than usual in order to facilitate decisions about travel arrangements to Australia.

Deadlines for conference papers for the conference proceedings will be announced after
your paper is accepted.

                       Call for Papers Word document
Click to download a copy of the Call for Papers Word document.


                       The conference program
Available April 2005


                     Conference registration fees
Please note that on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5thJuly, the conference will include a
particular focus on issues relating to both the adult numeracy and literacy and language
field, and will offer a series of practical interactive workshops as well as plenaries and
research papers related to the literacy, language and numeracy interface.

Early registrations, members and presenters are entitled to some discounts.

                                                              before      after
                                                             29 April   29th April
4-day registration          member (ALM or ACAL)               $580       $680
                            presenter                          $580       $680
                            non-member (ALM or ACAL)           $630       $730

2-day registration          member (ALM or ACAL)              $320        $370
(Mon 4th July & Tues 5th    presenter                         $320        $370
July)                       non-member (ALM or ACAL)          $345        $395

1-day registration                                            $195        $220

Note: All costs are in Australian Dollars and include GST.
Approximate exchange rates are:
 Australian dollars            Euros                 UK Pounds               US dollars
        $320                    €195                     £135                   $248
        $370                    €225                     £155                   $288
        $580                    €350                     £245                   $450
        $680                    €410                     £285                   $525

For an online currency exchange calculator you can go to this site for latest conversion

To register for the conference you need to complete a Registration form.


                         Registration procedure
The Conference Organiser, HotelNetwork, in co-operation with the Organising
Committee, will be in charge of handling registrations, payments and receipts.

Early registrations, members of ALM and ACAL, and presenters are entitled to a variety
of discounts.

                           Early registration discount
The early registration deadline is the 29th of April 2005. Higher fees apply after this date.

                              Membership discounts
To qualify for this you must be a current member of ALM, ACAL or one of its state
branches. To become a member, go to either (or both!) of the following:
     and click “how to join”
     and click “join”

                                       To register…
There are two alternatives.

                                  Click registration on-line

                                          By post
   Click Registration Form for printing, complete and post it to the address specified.
The Organising Committee will do all that it can do facilitate cancellations, but these may
incur fees depending on the time of cancellation. Refer to the Registration Form for


                             Submitting Papers
Information about the processes for submitting papers for publication in the Conference
Proceedings will be published here shortly.


                           Financial assistance
The Local Organising Committee is trying to raise funds to support the participation and
attendance at the conference of colleagues from disadvantaged environments, including
from isolated regions of Australia. If the committee is successful in this effort, then after
acceptance of a paper or a project discussion, the organising committee will grant
scholarships to a number of participants who apply to the Fund.

                Donations to the ALM12 scholarship fund
One of the core concerns of practitioners and researchers in adult mathematics learning
is the social injustice that creates poor learning outcomes for many. Although ALM now
has members from over 20 countries, most of these countries are amongst the more
developed nations of the world. Many potential participants from poorer countries will be
prevented from coming, not through lack of interest but through lack of funds. For this
reason we ask you to contribute to a scholarship fund which will help a few of those
people to come to the conference. It seems particularly important in this year when the
conference is being held in the Asia-Pacific region for the first time. We are indebted to
MES (Maths Education and Society) for this idea.

                                 How can you donate?

We encourage you if it is at all possible to make a donation to the Scholarship Fund.
This donation is a voluntary amount of minimum $50 AUD that will be used to support
the registration fee of colleagues from disadvantaged environments. In your registration
form you will find a space for indicating the amount of your contribution. This amount is
non-refundable in case of cancellation.

Even if you cannot come to the conference yourself, this may be a contribution that you
would be willing to make.

                               Applying for support
If you feel you need financial support to attend the conference, and are working in
disadvantaged environments, including isolated regions of Australia, please contact the
organisers of the conference for further information about the possible availability of
support. We can give no guarantee of support, but will do what we can to help. Please

       Betty Johnston
       Tel: 61 2 9816 5744


       Dave Tout
       Tel: 61 3 95715335


                    About ALM, ACAL and BMN
     Adults Learning Mathematics – A Research Forum (ALM)
ALM is an international research forum which brings together researchers and
practitioners in adult mathematics/numeracy teaching and learning in order to promote
and disseminate knowledge, awareness and understanding of adults learning
mathematics at all levels.

To learn more about ALM or to become a member, go to:

              Australian Council for Adult Literacy (ACAL)
The Australian Council for Adult Literacy (ACAL) supports and promotes issues
regarding adult literacy and numeracy policy and practice in Australia.

To learn more about ACAL or to become a member, go to:

              Australasian Bridging Maths Network (BMN)
The regional body, the Australasian Bridging Maths Network (BMN), is a forum for
teachers and researchers in Australia and New Zealand who work in the area of
developing, providing and researching bridging mathematics support for students either
in tertiary studies or wishing to access tertiary studies.

For further information about BMN contact:
        Janet Hogan
        Te Tari Awhina, Learning Centre
        Unitec Institute of Technology

                                  Conference venue
The venue for ALM12 is the Melbourne campus of the Australian Catholic University
located in the centre of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The University is located close to
the city centre, with easy access to a variety of accommodation, transport and

For information about the venue and access to a locality map, please visit:

Melbourne, one of the two largest cities in Australia, is very multicultural in nature, with
thousands of peoples from scores of nations. With its many ethnic restaurants (30% of
the population was born overseas) and user-friendly trams, the city has been voted
internationally as the “most livable city in the world”.

Melbourne, with a population more than 3.4million, is also a busy financial centre,
renowned for its parks, gardens and historic buildings. It is a major sporting, commercial
and cultural centre of Australia.

The Melbourne City centre itself is very picturesque, being built on the Yarra River, and
located on Port Phillip Bay, The climate in July will be somewhat unpredictable, with
maximum temperatures averaging about 14°C; rain is always possible, but equally so
are cool, crisp and sunny days. It is a fascinating location for international visitors to
include in a visit to Australia while being part of the international community of adult
mathematics education.

For details about Melbourne and for a wide range of travel information visit the
official Tourism Victoria website:

                 ALM12 conference venue contact details
Street address
115 Victoria Parade
Fitzroy Victoria 3065

Postal address
Locked Bag 4115
Fitzroy MDC
Fitzroy Victoria 3065

Campus switchboard
Tel 03-9953 3000

                               Travel and visas
                               Getting to Melbourne
Whether you’re travelling interstate or from overseas, Victoria has a multitude of
transport options to get you here – by air, bus, train, car or boat.

Melbourne Airport is approximately 22 kilometres from the city – about a 30-minute
drive, depending on traffic. Australia’s second busiest airport, it’s open 24 hours a day,
servicing all the major international airlines. Melbourne Airport is serviced by the state-
of-the-art Skybus Super Shuttle, the only bus service linking the airport to the city.
Tickets are available from the driver, or from the information booth just outside the
terminal or from the Skybus Super Shuttle website. A taxi from the airport costs around
AUD$40 to the city centre.

Again, for more details about getting to and around Melbourne we recommend
you visit the official Tourism Victoria website at:

Every overseas participant, except those from New Zealand, will require either an
Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or a visa to enter Australia. Participants from many
countries will be able to obtain an on-line ETA. To find out which countries are eligible
and for information about obtaining an ETA, visit the website Participants from some countries may require a visa. If you
need a visa (rather than an ETA), the form you require is Form 456. A copy of this form
and additional information, including access to the addresses of relevant embassies, can
be obtained from the following website: .

If you cannot access the website or cannot determine whether it is a visa or an ETA that
you need, we advise you to contact the Australian Embassy or diplomatic representative
in your country.

                          Health and Travel Insurance
The organisers cannot be held responsible for any losses, damages or injuries. Travel
insurance is important.

                              Quarantine regulations
As an island continent, Australia has strict quarantine regulations. Participants are
advised to check quarantine regulations at the Australian Quarantine and Inspection
(AQIS) Site:

Essentially, food items (e.g. uncooked foods, meats, fruits, dairy products) and natural
products (such as wood) can be problematic and may result in long delays on arrival.

There are 3 options for accommodation: billets (notify us here); student accommodation
(self-booking); and hotel or apartment booking (book here through us).

It may be possible to arrange billets or home stay with Melbourne colleagues. If you
would you be interested in staying as a guest with a local colleague rather than staying
in a hotel, tick the appropriate box when you register, and a member of the Organising
Committee will contact you.

                 Student accommodation: book your own
Medley Hall, University of Melbourne Campus Accommodation, 48 - 56 Drummond
Street, Carlton.
Medley Hall provides student halls of residence accommodation. Single room, bed only
costs $37.00 per night (no breakfast). This should be booked direct by contacting Effie
Maniatis on (03) 9663 5847 or, preferably by email:

This location is approximately a 15 minute walk to the ACU. More information at

                               Book as you register
Several options are available on the registration form.

For more options about accommodation in Melbourne visit the official Tourism Victoria


                Contacts and further information
                             Conference Consultant
A consultant is managing the registration and handling of payments. For information
regarding these aspects of the conference, please contact:

Nick Brooke of Hotel Network.
Email address:

The call for papers, the registration form and other information as available, are
accessible on the Hotel Network website.

                              Organising Committee
The Conference organising committee is:
 Convenor: Marj Horne, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne
 Chris Brew, La Trobe University, Melbourne
 Karen Dymke, ACAL, Melbourne
    Janet Hogan, Bridging Maths Network, NZ
    Betty Johnston, University of Technology, Sydney
    Beth Marr, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
    Dave Tout, Centre for Adult Education, Melbourne
    Rosemary Wood, ACAL, Adelaide

The organising committee is supported by a network of local and international liaison

                                Other information
Other information concerning the conference program can be provided by the main
contacts to the Conference Organising Committee:

        Betty Johnston
        Tel: 61 2 9816 5744


        Dave Tout
        Tel: 61 3 95715335


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