Francesca Granone is a physicist with a PhD in material science, and she is an associate professor in mathematics at the University of Stavanger, Early Childhood Education Department. She attended courses related to specific pedagogical methods (Montessori method, Feuerstein method, methods for teaching mathematics to children with dyscalculia) in order to help children understanding 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 three fields: , the first one is to define activities that can support cognitive development in children with disabilities through a mediational approach (Come in! project), the second one is technology in ECEC, with focus on computational thinking and inclusion (DiCoTe project), the third one is outdoor mathematics in ECEC. 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. For this reason, She has a personal blog where the MLE approach is proposed for supporting children with and without disabilities in their learning process and in experiencing the beauty of science. (Visit he blog "https://theoptimisticalternative.com")
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” financed by the Research Council of Norway.