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IMA International Conference on Barriers and Enablers to Learning Maths: Enhancing Learning and Teaching for All Learners

Date: 10 – 12 June 2015
Location: University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland



This is the first international conference of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) about approaches to teaching and learning mathematics. Mathematics should be understood in the widest possible sense to cover all aspects of mathematics, including number, pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics and the full range of applications of mathematics.

The conference examines learning and teaching throughout the life span, from the most basic to the most advanced topics and for the full range of learners, including people with dyscalculia and other maths learning difficulties, gifted learners and mathematicians. This should lead to cross-fertilisation between different areas of learning and teaching. The conference is also highly interdisciplinary. In addition to mathematicians, it should be of interest amongst others to psychologists, teachers, pedagogical and educational experts, engineers, scientists and social scientists.

Invited speakers

Bill Barton (University of Auckland)
Dame Celia Hoyles DBE (The Institute of Education, University of London)
Colin Jones (University of Tasmania)
Ros Sutherland (University of Bristol)
Claire Trott (Loughborough University)

The conference is organised into the following four tracks, with the list of topics under each track illustrative rather than exclusive.

Motivation and maths anxiety

  • Approaches to increasing motivation and self confidence
  • Overcoming maths anxiety
  • Why learn maths: relevance, context and applications
  • The use of social networking to provide mutual support and increase engagement
  • Using the media to promote mathematics and improve its image
  • The learner’s and the teacher’s perspective

Inclusive practice and learners’ particular requirements

  • Learners with specific learning difficulties
  • Ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity and the learning and teaching requirements
  • Gender issues and gender sensitive learning and teaching
  • Mature learners and returning to maths in later life
  • Blind learners and non-visual representation of mathematics
  • Gifted learners
  • Maths learning for specialists and non-specialists

Effective practice: what does and does not work

  • International comparisons
  • Case studies
  • Content and curricula
  • Assessment, teaching and learning approaches
  • Training and resources for teachers
  • Less traditional approaches, such as project based learning, peer supported learning, microlearning and mobile learning

The use of technology

  • The use of ICT, new technologies and tools
  • On-line learning, blended learning and traditional classrooms
  • Mobile learning apps
  • High tech and traditional approaches

Confirmed Thematic Sessions

  • Enhancing student engagement with mathematics & statistics
  • Addressing mathematics & statistics anxiety

Conference Fees

IMA Member £300
Non-IMA Member £395
IMA Student £205
Non-IMA Student £215

Conference Dinner on night of 11 June: £45

To register for this event, please download, complete and return the application form.

Please see Accommodation and Travel advice for further details.  

Organising Committee

Chair -  Dr Marion Hersh (University of Glasgow); Co-Chair - Dr Meena Kotecha (LSE); Professor Nigel Steele (Coventry University); Dr Shirley Evans (University of Worcester); Professor Diana Kornbrot (University of Hertfordshire).

Programme Committee

Professor John Blake (University of Birmingham); Noel-Ann Bradshaw (University of Greenwich) Prof. Dr. Daniel Burgos (Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR), Spain); Dr Emma Cliffe (University of Bath); Professor Annemie Desoete (University of Ghent, Belgium); Dr Olivia Fitzmaurice (University of Limerick, Republic of Ireland); Dr Donal Fitzpatrick (Dublin City University) Giorgi Goguadze (Leuphana University of Lüneburg); Professor Jeremy Levesley (University of Leicester); Dr Les Mustoe (Loughborough University); Dr Peter Rowlett (Nottingham Trent University); Dr Judith Shapiro (London School of Economics); Dr Jeff Waldock (Sheffield Hallam University); Professor Anne Watson (University of Oxford)


Scientific enquiries should be sent to:
Marion Hersh:
Meena Kotecha:

For further information or to register your interest, please contact Lizzi Lake, Conference Officer, E-mail:, Tel: +44 (0) 1702 354 020, Fax: +44 (0) 1702 354 111, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Catherine Richards House, 16 Nelson Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1EF, UK.