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Project duration 01.01.2009 - 31.12.2012

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2011 Grundschule

TIMSS is an international comparative school achievement study. It focuses on the mathematical and scientific competencies of pupils in different grades. With the 2011 study, Germany participated in TIMSS for the second time with students in the fourth grade.

Project description

TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) 2011 is an international school performance study. The study focuses on the mathematical and scientific competencies of primary school children in Germany in an international comparison. It is conducted every four years. The initiator of TIMSS is the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), an independent international association of education-related research and science institutions and government agencies.

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TIMSS examines student performance in mathematics and science, taking into account curricular requirements and other key conditions of the school learning environment. The results can be used to derive information for the training and further education of teachers, for the content of curricula, for the design of teaching materials and for the orientation of school framework conditions, which aim to contribute to improving the quality of schools and teaching.

TIMSS took place in Germany for the third time in 2011. In 1995, Germany participated in the middle and high school survey, and in 2007, Germany participated in the primary school survey. The 2011 survey will also be a pure primary school survey. Germany participates in the study by decision of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK) of the Länder and according to an agreement between the KMK and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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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.