Research group

The Active Numeracy Group, led by professor Pirjo Aunio (University of Helsinki), consists of researchers, doctoral students and research assistants of the University of Helsinki, Åbo Akademi and University of Jyväskylä. The group works in close collaboration with international scientists, who will provide their expertise in the fields of mathematical learning difficulties, fundamental motor skills development, early numeracy learning and children's physical and brain activity.

Pirjo Aunio

Professor in Special Education

Pirjo Aunio

I am professor in Special Education and head of Active Numeracy –research group. My research focus on understanding learning of mathematical skills and learning difficulties in mathematics. My central aim is to develop ways to identify children with mathematical learning difficulties and methods to support learning of core mathematical skills.

pirjo.aunio@helsinki.fi

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@AunioPirjo

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Johan Korhonen

Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology

Johan Korhonen

 

johan.korhonen@abo.fi

@johan_korhonen

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Mari Tervaniemi

Research Director

Mari Tervaniemi

I am a psychologist and a researcher in education and learning. My aim is to investigate how music and other arts as well as physical activity can be used to support learning at different stages of school. In Active Early Numeracy -project, it is intriguing to examine the relationships between mathematical and motor skills in children before school age. In addition, I am interested in researching music’s effect on rehabilitation of neurological patients and on promoting general well-being.

mari.tervaniemi@helsinki.fi

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Arja Sääkslahti

Associate Professor in Sport Pedagogy

Arja Sääkslahti

I am an associate professor of children’s physical education and a researcher at the University of Jyväskylä in the faculty of sport and health sciences. In my work, I strive to ensure that all children have a possibility to fulfil their right to play and be physically active. Therefore, one of my responsibilities is to ensure that we, as adults, provide enough opportunities for children to be physically active and learn in a way that is the most natural for them. I believe that "an active child is a playful and a happy child". 

As a senior researcher in the Active Early Numeracy -project, I supervise doctoral students particularly in issues related to children's physical activity, motor skills, and physical exercise program.

arja.saakslahti@jyu.fi

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Airi Hakkarainen

University Lecturer in Special Education

Airi Hakkarainen

I am PhD in Special Education, and I work as a university lecturer in special education. My research focus is on the development of mathematical skills and on mathematical learning difficulties. I have conducted follow-up studies of mathematical learning difficulties and their consequences on later educational pathway among both children and adolescents. My aim is to find efficient means to prevent mathematical difficulties from developing.

airi.hakkarainen@helsinki.fi

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@airihakkarainen

Interesting results in this @PiiaBjorn @KyttalaMinna study. High math anxiety was causing a less favourable math tr… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

 

Anu Laine

University Lecturer in Mathematics Education

Anu Laine

I am a docent in mathematics education and work as a university lecturer at the University of Helsinki. I have researched pupils’, pre-service teachers’ and teachers' mathematics-related affect and teaching and learning problem-solving. In Active Early Numeracy -project I'm involved especially in measuring and evaluating problem-solving knowledge.

anu.laine@helsinki.fi

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@Anutlaine

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Eero Haapala

Adjunct Professor in Paediatric Exercise Physiology

Eero Haapala

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Jyväskylä and my position is located at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences. My main interests are in the relationships of physical activity, dietary factors, fitness, fatness, and metabolic syndrome to brain, cognition, and academic achievement among children and adolescents. I have also published scientific articles on the associations of physical fitness, adiposity, and physical activity with arterial stiffness in children and adolescents.

eero.a.haapala@jyu.fi

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Heidi Hellstrand

University Teacher in Educational Sciences

Heidi Hellstrand

I am a PhD in Special Education. Currently I am working as a university teacher at Åbo Akademi University in Vaasa. My research interests focus on the development of mathematical skills, mathematical learning and mathematical learning difficulties. I have a special interest in identifying and supporting children at-risk for mathematical learning difficulties. In my research I strive to develop methods to ensure that every child gets opportunities to develop sufficient core mathematical skills.

heidi.hellstrand@abo.fi

@HeidiHellstrand

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Anna Widlund

University Teacher in Educational Sciences

Anna Wildlund

I work as a university teacher in special education at Åbo Akademi University. My research interests involve students’ academic well-being and it’s development and relation to students’ performance, motivational beliefs and aspirations for their future. In my current research, I focus on the individual differences in the developmental dynamics between well-being, motivation, performance and educational aspirations among students in different educational contexts.

anna.widlund@abo.fi

@annawidlund

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Eija Väisänen

Postdoctoral Researcher

Eija Väisänen

I am PhD in Special Education and special education teacher. I work in elementary school and in university. My research focus is on mathematical learning difficulties. My aim is to find methods to support learning of core mathematical skills.

eija.vaisanen@helsinki.fi

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Anssi Vanhala

Doctoral Student

Anssi Vanhala

I am physiotherapist and Master of Exercise Physiology. I´m especially interested in effects of physical activity on health, physical performance and well-being, and what are the mechanisms behind these associations. I feel that the opportunity to add scientific knowledge about association between physical activity and learning is meaningful and fascinating. It is great to work in research project, which has possible impact on society and children’s future.

In Active Early Numeracy –project I work as a doctoral student and I am responsible for the longitudinal part of study. Measuring physical activity and motor skills are my areas of expertise in this project. I am doing my dissertation in this project about developmental dynamics of physical activity, motor skills and learning numeracy in early childhood.

anssi.vanhala@helsinki.fi

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Pinja Jylänki

Doctoral Student

Pinja Jylänki

I have Master’s degree in Sport Sciences. I am especially interested in motor skill learning and development in children. In the past years, children have become more sedentary in their daily life so it is important to understand how it effects to early skills and later academic achievements.

In Active Early Numeracy project, I work as a doctoral student and I am responsible for planning the content of the intervention programs and I will also be an instructor in some of the intervention groups. I am writing my dissertation about active early numeracy interventions.

pinja.jylanki@helsinki.fi

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Terhi Vessonen

Doctoral Student

Terhi Vessonen

I hold a master's degree in education having majored in special education. In the field of special educational research, I'm especially interested in developing intervention and evaluation methods to assist learning mathematics. In my doctoral thesis I am interested in enhanging students mathematical probelm-solving skills by means of 3D learning environments. 

terhi.vessonen@helsinki.fi

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@Tvessonen

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Theo Mbay

Research Assistant

Theo Mbay

I am a master’s degree student in exercise physiology. In Active Early Numeracy –project my responsibilities are in data collection and analysis.

Due to my background, I’m primarily interested in the possible mechanisms between physical activity and learning.  By improving the knowledge on the association between physical activity and learning, more children might become involved in physical activity from an early age. The benefits of this would reach beyond academic success by positively impacting the health and overall well-being of children.

theo.mbay@helsinki.fi

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@Theombay

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Natalia Stalchenko

Research Assistant

Natalia Stalchenko

I study early childhood education at the University of Helsinki. My aim is to identify factors affecting different aspects of childhood development at early ages. This knowledge will aid in developing effective educational strategies that facilitate acquisition of versatile skills. My goal is to promote children’s well-being and healthy development. In the present project, I take part in data collection and analysis.

 

natalia.stalchenko@helsinki.fi

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Elina Sipinen

Research Assistant

Elina Sipinen

I am master’s degree student in special education. My interests are different factors contributing to learning and development of new ways to offer educational support.  I am currently writing my first article, which will also be my master’s thesis, and eventually will apply to doctoral program.

elina.sipinen@helsinki.fi

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Prof D. Geary (University of Missouri, USA) is a leading scientist in the field of mathematical learning difficulties. He has studied mathematics learning in general, but also with a focus on developmental dynamics in mathematical learning difficulties, as well as effective intervention approaches.  
 
Prof D. Stodden (University of Southern Carolina, USA) will provide his expertise in children’s fundamental motor skills development and practices of intervention in training motor skills.  
 
Prof K. Lee (The Education University of Hong Kong) and Prof R. Parrila (Macquarie University, Australia) will assist us to design of internationally and culturally relevant ways to measure the cognitive skills related to early numeracy learning.  
 
Prof C. Hillman (Northeastern University, USA) will provide his expertise in investigating children’s physical and brain activity as related to their cognitive skills. 
 
Professor M. Huotilainen is Professor of Educational Sciences at the Department of Education, University of Helsinki. Her main area of interest is to apply neuroscientific methods to relevant, learning-related questions. She has studied many types of learning situations including formal learning, hobbies, informal and exposure learning and many types of learners such as school children, adolescents and adults, and developed methods for her studies.