Francesca Granone is a physicist with a PhD in material science. She has previously worked as a teacher in high school in Italy ad now is an associate professor in mathematics at the University of Stavanger, Early Childhood Education Department. Granone attended courses related to specific pedagogical methods (Montessori method, Feuerstein method, methods of approach to dyscalculia) in order to help children understand mathematics (typically developing children, children with learning difficulties and children with disabilities). She is currently attending a special pedagogy university course.
In her research, she is working primarily in two fields: the first one is outdoor mathematics in ECEC, and the second one is technology in ECEC, with focus on computational thinking and inclusion. She has a tight relation with the field of practice, both in Italy and in Norway and she worked in writing proposal based on partnership between ECEC teachers and researchers. Her interest is also related to the important mathematical competences that children should learn in ECEC in order to better understand the world around them.
She is the co-leader with Professor Elin Reikerås of the project DiCoTe “Increasing professional Digital Competence in ECTE with focus on enriching and supporting children’s play with coding toys”.