Research & Projects


In December of 1989 Nicolai Ceaucescu was killed, ending the rule of the last communist dictator in Romania. In January of 2007, Romania became a full member of the European Union. These two momentous events symbolize profound recent changes throughout Romanian society. The Research in Romania program has focused on understanding these changes as they relate to Romanian society and the educational system. In doing that, we have collected data in several areas including the following:

  • English spelling development among Romanian children learning English as a foreign language
  • Attitudes of Romanian pre-service educators towards people with disabilities
  • Tolerance of Romanian pre-service educators towards other ethnic/racial/cultural groups inside and outside of Romania
  • The history of special education in Romania
  • The typical Romanian spelling development of children learning Romanian literacy skills in their first language
  • Human research subjects protection training
  • How civic education is reflected in textbooks before and after the fall of communism in Romania
  • Program evaluation for an EU funded project to increase the school retention rate of Rroma (gypsy)children at middle school and high school levels
  • Translation and standardization of the Woodcock-Johnson Cognitive Battery - International Edition in Romanian
  • The views and status of Rroma children and young adults in the Romanian educational system
  • Oral history of families in Romania that include adults with intellectual disabilities
  • Development of a readability index in Romanian

View a list of publications and conference presentations (PDF) by both faculty and students that are the result of Research in Romania.