• Riikka Mononen

NORSMA10 – Equal access for all learners to quality mathematics education

Updated: Nov 6

The 10th Conference of The Nordic Research network on Special Needs Education in Mathematics took place virtually in Reykjavik, November 4th and 5th. MoLeWe researchers contributed with many interesting presentations, with topics ranging from “Profiles of arithmetic performance and mathematics motivation” to “Reciprocal effects of mathematics performance, school engagement, and burnout during adolescence”.


NORSMA - The Nordic Research Network on Special Needs Education in Mathematics – had its first conference in Agder, Norway, 20 years ago. Since then, a conference has been arranged biannually, circulating between the Nordic countries. The network, also the national ones, gather researchers interested in themes related to mathematics education, learning, and mathematical learning difficulties.


Initially, the 10th conference was meant to take place in Reykjavik already in November 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was first postponed by a year, and in the current situation, was finally decided to be held virtually. Even if we would have very much liked to visit Iceland, the organizers made the virtual conference easy to access via Zoom anywhere in the world.

Instead of visiting the beautiful Reykjavik, this time we met virtually. Photo: Riikka Mononen

MoLeWe researchers gave 1/6 of all the presentations in the conference, and in addition, served as co-authors in many other presentations of the studies. Following the links, you will find the abstracts published on the NORSMA10 webpage for each presentation.


PRESENTATION 1: Achievement emotions, self-concept, and value in Norwegian school beginners’ mathematics studies

Presenter: Anna Maria Rawlings, Department of Special Needs Education, University of Oslo and Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki. Co-authors: Markku Niemivirta, Johan Korhonen, Marcus Lindskog, Heta Tuominen, & Riikka Mononen


PRESENTATION 2: Reciprocal effects of mathematics performance, school engagement, and burnout during adolescence

Presenter: Anna Widlund, Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies, Åbo Akademi University, Vasa. Co-authors: Heta Tuominen & Johan Korhonen


PRESENTATION 3: Longitudinal relations between math anxiety and math performance in Finnish adolescent students

Presenter: Johan Korhonen, Åbo Akademi University, Vasa. Co-authors. Anna Widlund, & Pekka Räsänen


PRESENTATION 4: Factor structure and grade-level development in the new digital Functional Numeracy Assessment (FUNA) tool for grades 3–9

Presenter: Johan Korhonen, Åbo Akademi University, Vasa. Co-authors: Pekka Räsänen, Mikko-Jussi Laakso, Anu Laine, Airi Hakkarainen, Eija Väisänen, Teemu Rajala, Ulrika Ekstam, & Pirjo Aunio


PRESENTATION 5: Profiles of arithmetic performance and mathematics motivation: Change and stability during the early school years

Presenter: Heta Tuominen University of Turku and University of Helsinki. Co-authors: Markku Niemivirta, Johan Korhonen, Kristine Tveiten, & Riikka Mononen


PRESENTATION 6: Developmental relations between mathematics anxiety, symbolic numerical magnitude processing, and arithmetic skills from first to second grade

Presenter: Riikka Mononen, University of Oslo. Co-authors: Markku Niemivirta, Johan Korhonen, Marcus Lindskog, & Anna Tapola


We would like to thank our Icelandic colleagues for organizing this year’s NORSMA conference, and are looking forward to meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, in autumn 2023.



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