March 2001. The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) has undertaken a review of ten textbooks that are currently used in year-long courses in the biological sciences in secondary schools. The goal is to provide information — a snapshot of the year 2000 — to those in school districts who choose instructional materials to make informed decisions that help teachers provide ALL students with standards-based learning environments for biological literacy.
A nine-person review team, of scientists, teachers, and science educators reviewed ten programs of biology instructional materials with publication dates from 1997-2000. The team developed a review instrument for the evaluation based on the National Science Education Standards. Three of the life science content standards for grades 9 to 12 — Evolution, Interdependence Of Organisms, and Molecular Genetics — along with the Other Content Standards, and the Pedagogical and Other Considerations were used as criteria and the results are presented. Instructional Materials are grouped into three categories:
The AIBS study was conducted at the University of Washington in Seattle, with funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
A free pdf version is also available.