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ERIC Number: EJ1053712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2065-1430
What Specific Science Abilities and Skills Are Romanian Students Developing during Primary Education? A Comparison with the Abilities Tested by the TIMSS 2011 Inquiry
Ciascai, Liliana; Dulama, Maria-Eliza
Acta Didactica Napocensia, v6 n4 p29-44 2013
The results of Romanian students at international comparative TIMSS and PISA tests have constantly proven to be unsatisfactory. The present paper aims at analyzing the school syllabi "Mathematics and Environment exploration", "Environmental Education" and "Natural Sciences" studied during primary education in Romania and the Sciences curricula on which the TIMSS inquiry is based. The goal of this comparative analysis has been to provide themes of reflection for the conceivers of school syllabi in Sciences. For analysis the Romanian school curricula of Primary level we identified that knowledge ("content domain") and the abilities involved in building new knowledge (cognitive dimension and scientific inquiry process) are considered necessary to Fourth grade students by TIMSS curriculum. The analysis of school syllabi on which the study of science is carried out demonstrates that Romanian Fourth grade students have developed, based on these curricula, less scientific knowledge and skills than those investigated by the TIMSS inquiry. The main conclusions of this study are that the school syllabi for primary education in Romania require, without exception, re-evaluation and that the study of Sciences needs to rely on the scientific inquiry process to a large extent.
Babes-Bolyai University. Kogainiceanu 1, Cluj-Napoca, 400084 Romania. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 2; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Romania
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study
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