Markku S. Hannula is the leader of the MathTrack project. Markku is the professor for mathematics education at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Educational Sciences and until summer 2019 visiting professor at Volda University College, Norway. He has been elected as the president for the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education for 2019–2022.
Most of my research has focused on despair, delight, and desire of mathematics learners. Mathematics anxiety, boredom, and lack of self-confidence are the destiny of all too many students, sometimes leading to destruction of their self-concept as learners. On the other hand, problem solving that leads to flow and Aha!-experiences may bring joy and delight for students and lead to a desire to engage again with similar activities. I dream of designing teaching approaches that would let everyone engage with mathematics in a deeply satisfying and enjoyable way. Our MathTrack project aims to delve deeper into the area of collaborative engagement in mathematics learning and the role of student affect in student visual attention in the classroom.
Most of my publications have been around mathematics-related affect. Somewhat less known is my work in the area of problem solving. For the last couple of years, MathTrack has been the main area of my work. I am also leading the Finnish team in the international Lexicon project and – time permitting – leading the international Norba-TM study on mathematics teachers’ beliefs. My network of collaborating is wide; I have joint research and/or publications with researchers from over 20 different countries.
I have supervised four PhD-theses: Emmanuel Adu-tutu Bofah, Laura Tuohilampi, Rauno Koskinen, and Jari Lakka. I currently supervise 11 doctoral students.
Markku's page on University of Helsinki Research Portal