Researcher

Dr Laura Tuohilampi

My Expertise

"This is a fun task, Why do my students switch off?"

Most teachers have never been told that there are specific features that can catch students interest. Additionally, even more is needed to maintain that interest. Student focus can start to dissipate if there is no richness to the task, such as chances to make your own choices.

Tasks that both catch and hold students interest exist, but are rare. How can a teacher find one if not even knowing what to look for?

Teaching and learning maths applies to everyone. We pour massive amounts of money on teachers’ salaries, textbooks, teacher education, school facilities… and what is the take-away?

There is a national concern about the declines of Australian students’ performance and engagement in mathematics and the intransigence of teaching practices that must change if there are going to be improvements. At the moment, students develop an aversion towards the subject; their mathematical self-confidence is low, and the national reports show that students simply switch off as soon as they are given the opportunity. This results in increasing shortages of mathematically skilled people to drive Australian competitiveness and innovation, and limited prospects for individuals concerned.

How to fix this? Ask me!

 

Biography

Dr Laura Tuohilampi (UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture) is a mathematics education researcher, an in-service teacher trainer and the founder of Math Hunger and Maths for Humans. Passionate about shifting mindsets to view maths as positive, engaging and achievable, her work explores...view more

Dr Laura Tuohilampi (UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture) is a mathematics education researcher, an in-service teacher trainer and the founder of Math Hunger and Maths for Humans. Passionate about shifting mindsets to view maths as positive, engaging and achievable, her work explores practices that innovate and inspire traditional teaching methods to evolve with students’ learning habits.


My Grants

Wayfinders. AUD 30,000. Digital Grid Futures Institute Jan 2021-Jun 2022.

Love Maths. AUD 10,000. UNSW Rapid Research Fund Jan 2022-Nove2022.


My Qualifications

Doctor of Education


My Awards

ECAN award for Maths for Humans community work (2021)

Best Didactical Doctoral Thesis of the Year in Finland (2017)

The Leader of the Future, Finnish award for making mathematics inspirational (2016)


My Research Activities

Current projects:

Teacher education and development: Love Maths. New models of PL that lead to iterative co-construction of new knowledge.

Educational psychology: Love Maths. Exploring novel ways of making mathematics learning an inspirational experience. Clarifying the concept of student engagement and how that connects with short and long term interest development.

Science Communication: Wayfinders. An interactive show for Stage 2 students. An interdisciplinary approach to building Strong Communicators at Digital Grid Futures Institute.


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

Mathematics education, both quantitative and qualitative methods


My Engagement

I am also known as Laura the Maths Buster, with extensive expertise in making people fall in love with maths and utilise my personality and experiences to show the human side of learning mathematics. I worked professionally as a mathematics education influencer, postdoc researcher and a lecturer who makes you see maths in a way you didn't even know existed. My goals are centred around ensuring any audience understands the "why" in learning mathematical skills, by making mathematics approachable, exciting and an accessible integral life skill.

I am the founder of Maths for Humans, a social enterprise that shares resources for real real-life mathematics, and Math Hunger, which is a company providing an all-inclusive engagement program for schools.

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by Maths for Humans