Anne Soini


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ORCID link: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9168-9437


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Anne Soini finished her PhD in Health Sciences at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, the University of Jyväskylä, in 2015 and her Master of Sport Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä in 1999. Dr Soini has worked for 13 years at the University of Jyväskylä in teaching and research positions. Her research interests focus on young children's physical activity and physical education in early childhood teacher education (ECTE). Dr Soini has been a member of a national expert group for developing the Finnish physical activity recommendations for preschool children (2016) and in a research and development project on monitoring the joy of motion, physical activity, and motor skills of young children (2021).

Current multidisciplinary research collaborations and projects:
1) The conception and promotion of well-being in the curricula of the Faculty of Education and Psychology and the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at JYU. The study aims to discover and compare how well-being and its promotion are approached in the curricula of the Faculty of Education and psychology and the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences. The purpose is to analyse the occurrence and meaning of well-being in education on multiple levels from individual, societal and policy perspectives.
a. Involved JYU partners: Faculty of Education and Psychology, Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences and JYU.Well

2) Physical education in Finnish ECEC policy documents. The study gathers research information which can be used to develop legally binding documents guiding ECEC (i.e., Vasu, 2022 and Esiops, 2014) in supporting children’s early formation of a physically active lifestyle.
a. Involved JYU partners: Faculty of Education and Psychology and Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences

3) Movement in ECTE (MovECTE) in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The aim is to describe ECTE programmes in five Nordic countries and compare similarities and differences between these countries, emphasising subjects embracing the movement.
a. Involved partners in five Nordic countries: the University of Southern Denmark, University of Jyväskylä, Finland; the University of Iceland; University of South-Eastern Norway; Kristianstad University, Sweden; & Malmö University, Sweden.

4) Music & Movement (MuMo) as a daily resource. This multidisciplinary (psychology, music, physical activity) JYU research project examines whether music and physical activities can promote children’s and their families' well-being, such as mood, stress management, and self-fulfilment.
a. Involved JYU partners: Faculty of Education and Psychology, Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, and Department of Music, Art, and Culture studies

5) Sand play on children’s (0–8 years) health and development and its impact on practice. The study explores the relation of sand environments and materials to children's physical, cognitive, and social-emotional health and development.
a. Involved partners: the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Jyväskylä

6) Who is it that playgrounds move? The multidisciplinary (i.e., history, early childhood education and physical activity) study designs good practices to support the PA and well-being of children and families. The study aims to lower the threshold for outdoor mobility among different population groups.
a. Involved JYU partners: Faculty of Education and Psychology/Department of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences/Department of History and Ethnology

7) AIESEP early years SIG experts network. The network investigates how physical play is enacted in the policy and practice of twelve countries.
a. Involved partners: Deakin University, Australia; Universiteit Brussel, Ghent University, and Arteveldehogeschool, Belgium; Brock University, Canada; Peking University, China; University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Dublin City University and Atlantic Technological University, Sligo, Ireland, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, University of Beira Interior, Portugal, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, Kristianstad Universi


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Physical activity, physical education, early childhood, teacher training, early childhood education and care, preschool children


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