Rodger W. Bybee
AIBS Education Award 2001
New this year, the AIBS Education Award is presented to individuals or groups who have made significant contributions to education in the biological sciences--integrative and organismal biology, in particular--at any level of formal or informal education. Recipients receive a plaque and lifetime membership in AIBS.
The first recipient of the AIBS Education Award is Rodger W. Bybee, executive director of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), a nonprofit organization in Colorado that is recognized for its development of inquiry-based science curricula and its leadership in science education.
Bybee has been active in education for more than 30 years. Before joining BSCS, Bybee was executive director of the National Research Council's Center for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education (CSMEE) in Washington, DC. From 1992 to 1995 Bybee served as associate director of BSCS in Colorado Springs, during which time he participated in the development of the National Science Education Standards; he chaired the content working group of that project from 1993 to 1995.
Moreover, Bybee was principal investigator at BSCS for four National Science Foundation programs addressing science and technology education at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and at the college level. From 1990 to 1992 he chaired the curriculum and instruction study panel for the National Center for Improving Science Education, and from 1972 to 1985 he was professor of education at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Bybee has written extensively, publishing in the fields of both education and psychology. He is coauthor of a leading textbook, Teaching Secondary School Science: Strategies for Developing Scientific Literacy. His most recent book, published in 1997, is Achieving Scientific Literacy: From Purposes to Practices.
Over the years he has received numerous awards--Leader of American Education and an Outstanding Educator in America and Outstanding Science Educator of the Year (1979) among them--and in 1989 he was recognized as one of the 100 outstanding alumni in the history of the University of Northern Colorado. The National Science Teachers Association presented Bybee with the Distinguished Service to Science Education Award in April 1998. Bybee's biography has been included in the Golden Anniversary 50th edition of Who's Who in America.