Anna Widlund

Anna Widlund
Åbo Akademi University · Faculty of Education

PhD

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Introduction
I'm a postdoc researcher at the Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies, Åbo Akademi University, Finland. In my current research, I investigate the developmental dynamics between students' academic well-being, motivational beliefs, and academic performance, and how these interfere with their educational and occupational aspirations.
Additional affiliations
August 2018 - December 2018
Åbo Akademi University
Position
  • University teacher
Description
  • Quantiitative Research Methods in Education, Special Education courses, Supervision of bachelor and master thesis.
Education
August 2011 - August 2016
Åbo Akademi University
Field of study
  • special education

Publications

Publications (11)
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It has been suggested that both performance and academic well-being play a role in adolescent students’ educational attainment and school dropout. In this study, we therefore examined, first, what kinds of academic well-being (i.e., school burnout, schoolwork engagement, and mathematics self-concept) and mathematics performance profiles can be iden...
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This study examined Finnish 9th-graders' (N = 966) pathways to educational and occupational aspirations considering two academic domains: mathematics and reading. Multi-group structural equation models were conducted to investigate how domain-specific performance and motivational beliefs (self-concept and interest), and more general school burnout...
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Inter- and intraindividual differences in Finnish adolescents’ developmental trajectories of school engagement and burnout (exhaustion, inadequacy, and cynicism) and their associations with students’ concurrent progression in mathematics performance and educational aspirations were investigated in an accelerated longitudinal study design spanning a...
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We investigated direct and indirect cross-sectional associations of physical activity, fundamental motor skills, executive functions, and early numeracy in preschoolers. The participants were 214 preschoolers aged three to five years. Time spent in moderate and vigorous physical activity was measured by hip-worn accelerometers and fundamental motor...
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The aim of this study was to validate a teacher rating scale (TRS-EN) for assessing early numeracy skills and for identifying mathematically low-performing 3- and 4-year-old children. Fifty-six preschool teachers assessed children’s (3-year-olds = 127; 4-year-olds = 145) numerical relational, counting, and basic arithmetic skills. Construct validit...
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Background Transitioning into adolescence while simultaneously facing greater academic demands as the level of education increases often entails both academic challenges and general declines in students' school-related well-being. Still, however, relatively little is known about the causal relationship between students’ academic well-being (i.e., s...
Thesis
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The purpose of this thesis was to investigate the developmental dynamics between academic well-being (school engagement and burnout), academic performance (mathematics and reading tests), and motivational beliefs (domain-specific self-concept and interest) and how these shape adolescent students’ educational and occupational aspirations. The aim wa...
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Students seem to encounter various challenges when writing bachelor's and master's theses, indicating a need to support them in their writing processes. In this study, academic writing workshops for students writing bachelor's and master's theses were developed and investigated during three years of a participatory action research project. The stud...
Preprint
Inter- and intraindividual differences in Finnish adolescents’ developmental trajectories of school engagement and burnout (exhaustion, inadequacy, and cynicism) and their associations with students’ concurrent progression in mathematics performance and educational aspirations were investigated in an accelerated longitudinal study design spanning a...
Poster
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Research shows that students are often unprepared for writing their bachelor and master theses (Delyser, 2003) and that they have difficulties in completing them within stipulated time (Dysthe et al., 2006). Based on previous findings and an identified need to support students in their writing processes, the ASKA project seeks to address these issu...

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The aim of the project is to investigate a) the developmental relations between students' motivation, well-being, and performance, b) the role of caretakers and teachers' well-being for students' well-being and educational outcomes, and c) multi-professional efforts to support students' well-being and motivation in the school context. by Utilizing an accelerated longitudinal design, children aged 10–14 (three cohorts: grades 4, 5, and 6 ) are followed over a period of four years (2022-2025).
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In my article-based doctoral thesis I focus on adolescent students' academic well-being (school burnout and schoolwork engagement) and the developmental relationships between well-being, motivational beliefs and academic performance (in the academic domains mathematics and reading). I also investigate how these jointly shape students' educational and occupational aspirations. The project is based on three sub-studies: i) Academic well-being, mathematics performance, and educational aspirations in lower secondary education: changes within a school year ii) Gendered pathways from academic performance, motivational beliefs, and school burnout to adolescents’ educational and occupational aspirations iii) Trajectories of students’ academic well-being; school burnout and schoolwork engagement across lower- and upper secondary education
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The aim of the ASKA-project is to (a) develop a collaborative writing environment for thesis writing in an academic setting, (b) to map and investigate the relation between academic well-being and writing, and (c), to generate new knowledge about thesis writing and supervision. Syftet med projektet är att (a) utveckla en kollaborativ akademisk skrivkultur i avhandlingsskrivandet, (b) kartlägga studenters akademiska välbefinnande med fokus på skrivande i en akademisk miljö och (c) generera ny forskningskunskap om akademisk skrivhandledning.