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    STUDIA PSYCHOLOGIA-PAEDAGOGIA - Issue no. 2 / 2009  
         
  Article:   EFLECTION ON SCIENCE CURRICULA OF ROMANIA, BASQUE COUNTRY AND TIMSS 2007 TESTING.

Authors:  LILIANA CIASCAI, JULIA IBARRA.
 
       
         
  Abstract:   The results of Romania and Basque countries at 2003 and 2007 TIMSS testings show a very different evolution: the results of Romanian eighth-grade students remain constantly poor while the Basque students have improved their results, reaching close to the international average. Most explanations for this difference are attributed to science curriculum. In this paper is carried out a comparative analysis of eighth-grade science curriculum tested by IEA testing/assessment in 2007 and those of Romania and Basque country. This analysis uses the taxonomy of objectives adopted by TIMSS 2007 testing. The results indicate that there are differences between the curricula of these countries, relative to the objectives and the scientific content. Also, they emphasize the curricular revisions that should be made so these countries can focus on problem solving approaches/in order for these countries to focus on problem solving approaches.

Key words: TIMSS 2007, Science, school curricula, Basque country.
 
         
     
         
         
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