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Project duration 01.01.2006 - 31.12.2008

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA).

With TIMSS 2007, Germany participated for the first time in a baseline international comparison of fourth grade students in mathematics and science.

Project description

The lasting improvement of the quality of schools and teaching is a desirable goal both from a social point of view and with regard to the personal development opportunities of every pupil. Its realisation presupposes the availability of reliable information on the level of knowledge and skills of the pupils. Only with this information can concrete recommendations for action be formulated to support and optimise schools.

Rundes Symbol mit schwarz-weißen Schriftzug des Projektnamens IEA TIMSS 2007

Therefore, after various studies on the competencies of pupils at lower secondary level and the "Progress In Reading Literacy Study" (PIRLS), which has already been conducted twice, the Federal Republic of Germany now participated in another international school performance study: As part of the "Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study" (TIMSS 2007), primary school pupils took part in a mathematics and science study.

International background and German participation

The international management of the study with about 40 participating countries is the responsibility of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA, Amsterdam) in cooperation with Boston College (USA). The Federal Republic of Germany is participating in the study by decision of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK) of the Länder and in accordance with an agreement between the KMK and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The study took place in Germany in spring 2007 in all 16 Länder. A sample of pupils from approx. 275 primary and special schools, representative for Germany, was examined. The schools or the participating classes were randomly selected.

In our culture, mathematical and scientific skills represent fundamental competencies that are central to attaining adequate educational and occupational opportunities as well as to successful participation in society. Competencies in these areas include not only knowledge of the content of the respective subjects, but also procedural skills such as those related to reasoning, analysis, problem solving or proof. The tasks of the TIMSS study cover a wide range of content-related and procedural competencies in both mathematics and science.

Lead researcher at IFS

Publication of the results

The publication of the TIMSS 2011 results took place on 11 December 2012.

  • Bos, W., Bonsen, M., Baumert, J., Prenzel, M., Selter, C., Walther, G. (Hrsg.). (2008). TIMSS 2007. Mathematische und naturwissenschaftliche Kompetenzen von Grundschulkindern in Deutschland im internationalen Vergleich. Münster: Waxmann.

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Location & approach

The most convenient highway exits are on the B 1/A 40 (Dortmund-Barop) (closer to the North Campus) and on the A45 (Dortmund-Eichlinghofen). The university is signposted at both exits. In the local road network you will find signs to Campus Nord, where the Campus Treff is also located. From Emil-Figge-Strasse, entrance no. 18 and from Vogelspothsweg entrance no. 23 lead to parking spaces near the venue.

From Dortmund main station, take the S-Bahn "S1" in the direction of Solingen on track 7 to the stop "Dortmund-Universität" (price level A). The S-Bahn runs every 15 minutes during peak hours on weekdays and takes about 6 minutes. From Düsseldorf, the S-Bahn runs every 30 minutes. Directly at the S-Bahn station you will find the CDI building, which houses the Center for Research on Education and School Development.

One of the university's landmarks is the H-Bahn, which has two terminuses on the North Campus. One is located directly above the S-Bahn station and is easily accessible from it by elevators. The other is located in the center of Campus North at the bridge between the University Library and the Mensa, right next to the Audimax. The H-Bahn runs from here to the South Campus and the Eichlinghofen district.

Dortmund has an airport connected with some destinations in Central Europe. There are regular flights, for example, to Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Katowice, Krakow, Leipzig-Halle, London, Munich, Nuremberg, Paris, Poznan, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich. For the approximately 20 kilometers from the Dortmund airport to the campus, you can take the bus to the main train station and from there the S-Bahn. Faster is usually the use of a cab. Far more international flight connections are offered by the Rhine-Ruhr Airport in Düsseldorf, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station.