RP 2015 – 1

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THEORETICAL APPROACHES

INNOVATION, PARTICIPATION AND TRANSPARENCY IN THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT FOR PRIMARY EDUCATION, GRADES 3 AND 4 | Angela TEŞILEANU, Ciprian FARTUŞNIC

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Abstract: Our paper analyses the development of the grades 3 and 4 curricula within the context of the new national curriculum. This process is at the crossroads of perspectives and it offers a detailed picture of the most important challenges the curriculum developers were confronted with as well as the innovative issues that stand as answers to such challenges. The paper also presents the curricula from their draft stage to that of the official document, as it gives highlights from the consultation process that involved both experts and practitioners. The experience is revealed in terms of the recorded data and is interpreted from the perspective of developing a culture of participation and transparency

Keywords: key competence, competence, subject curriculum, national curriculum, curriculum development, accountability.


PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES IN MENTORSHIP | Elena STĂNCULESCU

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Abstract: This article presents an issue that has not been addressed so far in Romanian literature, namely the psychological issues within the mentoring relationship. Even in foreign literature, experts have explored more mentoring as such and less the psychological foundations of the relationship that builds in this context. This  article points out that the effectiveness of the mentoring relationship is influenced primarily by the mentor’s personality characteristics, such as generativity, empathy, easiness in establishing interpersonal relationships, positive attitude toward mentee, self-efficacy and integrity or moral verticality. Benefits of mentorship are found both in the case of the mentee and mentor, in terms of instrumental and psychosocial effects. We explored not only the benefits of the mentoring relationship but also any negative patterns that may occur under these conditions. Given the complexity of the mentor’s role and his/her contribution to the training of those in the early stages of the teaching career, we need further studies of the psychological issues that improves the relationship between mentor and mentee.

Keywords: mentor, mentee, mentoring benefits, supportive attitude, professional development.


THE TEACHING OF QUESTIONING – FROM THE GRAMMAR CLASS TO THE KNOW-HOW | Simona-Aida MANOLACHE

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Abstract: Although most Romanian teachers of French language know very well the multiple functions of the questioning in everyday life (facilitating communication, stimulating reflection on one’s own person and others, encouraging creativity and research, etc.), they are often limited to teach students how to formulate questions correctly from a grammar point of view, without taking advantage of them to develop, through everyday practice, the general competences of young people. We intend to present some examples of strategies and activities based on interrogation, which, often enough proposed within a French language class seen as a foreign language, could contribute to the plenary development of Romanian pupils.

Keywords: questioning, action, learning ability, know-how.


THE INFLUENCE OF VARIOUS TYPES OF LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY THAT BEAR UPON MODERN EDUCATION MECHANISMS – SOME CONSIDERATIONS | Dragoş BARBIERU

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Abstract: Set along classical training forms and methods, eLearning can trigger new procedures to solve labour related problems, irrespective of the activity-driven work load. This modern form allows accomplishing tasks remotely, minimizing the needs for actual move and sudden breaks from current activities. When best tailored for teaching activities, eLearning raises a series of pedagogically, technologically and eventually pragmatically driven challenges. Yet, when facing new challenges, new requirements and educational necessity, we need more than technology and pedagogy can offer, we need new energies and new aspirations.

Keywords: eLearning, teaching activities, types of learning, work-based learning, advanced distributed learning.


TO WHAT EXTENT IS MATH HELPFUL? EXAMPLES OF APPLIED MATH: FROM FRACTIONS TO RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN AN ORGANIZATION | Luminiţa CATANĂ

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Abstract: Resource allocation is an important issue for managers and for the members of a team, and its fair solution is not possible without math. From simple fractions to the more complex mathematical models is nevertheless a long way. A general observation is that, usually, the resources are limited, or they have an accumulation rate slower than the people’s demands or needs, which causes dissatisfaction and even conflicts among the group members. This article addresses this issue with the use of mathematical support. Mathematics tells us that if we choose resource allocations strategies which allow every person to be satisfied with the resources he/she receives, or if the resources are shared in a „right” way, the dissatisfaction will be less frequent and with a lower intensity. This article presents, in an accessible way, some mathematical models which could be used as practical applications in entrepreneurial education or math classes in high-school, that give students a base for further discussions and learning.

Keywords: resource allocation, Game Theory, mathematical games.


RESEARCH RESULTS

ICT IN THE FIRST GRADES OF PRIMARY SCHOOL IN MONTENEGRO | Veselin MIĆANOVIĆ, Dijana VUČKOVIĆ, Tatjana NOVOVIĆ

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Abstract: This paper is exploratory in nature and refers to the contemporary methodological aspects of ICT implementation in early school education. Having in mind the importance of the need to modernize the process of knowledge acquisition in early school age, according to which education should be adapted to the students’ individual characteristics and needs, it is pointed out that modern information technology has great potential in the first grades. The study was conducted in three regions of Montenegro on a sample of 420 primary school teachers. The sample was heterogeneous both in terms of work experience and qualifications. Two goals have been highlighted: The theoretical aim of this paper is to highlight the need for modernization of primary school education; while, the research objective of this paper is to investigate the presence of ICT in the organization and implementation of primary school education, and the ability of teachers to apply it in their work. The results show an uneven geographical distribution of ICT in schools by region, but also a wide variety of answers regarding the independent variables: work experience and educational background of the respondents. We have identified some of the problems in teaching practice regarding the application of ICT in primary school education from the perspective of teachers and proposed measures in the conclusion to improve the current situation.

Keywords: ICT, primary school education, professional competence, student, teacher.


FILM EDUCATION | Cristian RĂDUCANU

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Abstract: The article is advocating that film education, and more generally multimedia education, should be an important part of the reform of the written curriculum in Romania. Film education is analyzed based on seven principles of the constructivist theory of learning: authenticity, visibility, high-order thinking skills, learning through metaphors, trasfer of learning competences across disciplines, moral purpose of education and self-regulation of the learning process. In support of the value of cinema in education the article presents the results of a survey administered to music college pupils, as well as four work sheets used in teaching history knowledge, cultural values and civic attitudes assisted by film.

Keywords: film education, authentic assessment, constructivism, project based learning, the reform of the integrated curriculum.


EVALUATION AND MOTIVATION | Cristian-Mihai POMOHACI

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Abstract: To what extent does a message sent by the teacher influence student involvement în a task? This is the question we attempt to answer. Specifically, by making use of statistical tools, we studied and compared the results achieved by two groups of students who received completely different messages from their teacher about the importance of testing right before undergoing the test, while working on a simple task that was not from their area of expertise. We found that the teacher’s messages influenced the success rate on the test. Receiving such a message on behalf of the teacher appears to stimulate the students’ interest in the tested subject, while other factors such aş the students’ gender do not appear to impact on test results in a significant way.

Keywords: student motivation, fluency in expression, motivation and assesment in higher education.


THE STUDENTS’ AGGRESSIVENESS – SOME GENDER DIFFERENCES | Maria GOGA, Dănuţ BĂRCĂCIANU

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Abstract: The research presented in this article aims at understanding the phenomenon of aggression within a group of 5-6 graders in secondary schools (VI-VII) from Bucharest and Ilfov county. To this purpose, both students and teachers have participated from the selected schools in Bucharest and Ilfov county. The phenomenon of aggression was explored from a gender perspective among students in the above mentioned group of schools.

Keywords: aggression, gender differences, lower secondary school.


PSYCHO-PEDAGOGICAL TRAINING OF FACULTY MEMBERS IN ROMANIA | Laura Elena CĂPIŢĂ, Simona Luciana VELEA

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Abstract: This article presents an exploratory research regarding the pedagogical training of faculty members, conducted in the context of an ongoing project co-financed through the European Social Fund. The starting point of the research is that in the transition from „a teaching supply paradigm to a learning demand paradigm”, higher education institutions must approach the legal framework and best practices to diversify the continuous training of their teaching staff. Data obtained through quantitative tools support the design of training programs for faculty, but also further research to highlight the missions undertaken by universities in the teaching and learning area.

Keywords: teacher training, continuous professional development, psychological and pedagogical training, the mission of the university.


EDUCATION AGENDA

PROF. ELENA MOLDOVAN – OPEN LETTER TO THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION | Dan BADEA

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IN MEMORIAM

NICOLAE SACĂLIŞ CALATA (28 JANUARY 1944 – 4 FEBRUARY 2015) | Dan BADEA

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BOOK REVIEWS

FLORENTINA SÂMIHĂIAN. MOTHER TONGUE TEACHING AND LEARNING: CURRENT CHALLENGES FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS | Ligia SARIVAN

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EUGENE R. SMOLEY. EFFECTIVE SCHOOL BOARDS: STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING BOARD PERFORMANCE | Ovidiu MĂNTĂLUŢĂ

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