Anne Soini

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Anne Soini is a Doctoral Researcher working in the Social Sustainability for Children and Families (SOSUS) profiling area in the Faculty of Education and Psychology at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She finished her PhD in Health Sciences at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, the University of Jyväskylä in 2015 and Master of Sport Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä in 1999. Dr. Soini has worked for 11 years at the University of Jyväskylä in teaching and research positions. Her research interests focus on young children’s physical activity (PA) and physical education (PE) in early childhood teacher education (ECTE). Dr. Soini has been a member of a national expert group for developing the Finnish PA recommendations for preschool children (2016) and in a research and development project on monitoring the joy of motion, PA, and motor skills of young children (2021).

Anne’s current research includes:
1) Exploring pre-service teachers’ perceptions of PE in ECTE, and providing information on developing PE studies in ECTE programs, and supporting the ECEC teachers’ professional skills in implementing PE in ECEC.
2) exploring the binding policy documents for early childhood education across the five Nordic countries, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden. Research provides information:
• how movement and PA (MoPA) are expressed in governmental documents (i.e., laws and curriculums) in the Nordic countries;
• which similarities and differences exist in ECE policy documents between the Nordic Countries.
3) identifying sand environments influences on young children’s physical, cognitive, social-emotional health, and development.

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