Perspectives on Adults Learning Mathematics

Research and Practice

  • Diana Coben
  • John O’Donoghue
  • Gail E. Fitzsimons

Part of the Mathematics Education Library book series (MELI, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Diana Coben, Gail E. FitzSimons, John O’Donoghue
      Pages 1-11
  3. Review of Research on Adults Learning Mathematics

    1. Gail E. FitzSimons, Gail L. Godden
      Pages 13-45
  4. Perspectives on Research on Adults Learning Mathematics

  5. Adults, Mathematics, Culture and Society

  6. Adults, Mathematics and Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-170
    2. Mary Harris
      Pages 171-190
    3. Tine Wedege
      Pages 191-207
  7. Perspectives in Teaching Adults Mathematics

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 343-358

About this book


At a time when the importance of lifelong education is becoming recognised around the world, this is the first book to explore an important but hitherto neglected area: adult mathematics education. This book is about adults learning mathematics wherever and in whatever circumstances they do so. It brings together researchers in the field and aims to lay the foundations for study and further research and practice in this fast-developing area. It aims to situate research and practice in adults learning mathematics within the wider field of lifelong learning and lifelong education and to be accessible both to the specialist and to the general adult reader. The book features a comprehensive review of the field which sets the scene for sections on: Perspectives on Research on Adults Learning Mathematics; Adults, Mathematics, Culture, and Society; Adults, Mathematics, and Work; and Perspectives in Teaching Adults Mathematics. Topics covered include: mathematics and common sense; statistical literacy and numeracy; new theories on learning mathematics; mathematical competences for the workplace; ethnomathematics; and the training of tutors.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Diana Coben
    • 1
  • John O’Donoghue
    • 2
  • Gail E. Fitzsimons
    • 3
  1. 1.University of NottinghamNottinghamEngland
  2. 2.University of LimerickLimerickIreland
  3. 3.Monash UniversityVictoriaAustralia

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