AIBS Review of Biological Instructional Materials for Secondary Schools
The American Institute of Biological Sciences 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 to those who choose instructional materials to help them make informed decisions, which will provide ALL students with standards-based learning environments for biological literacy.
A nine-person 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 3 categories:
1. "Traditional" instructional materials that do not particularly respond to the standards but simply focus on new content and new options at each printing.
2. "Innovative" instructional materials that are specifically designed to meet all of the National Science Education Standards.
3. "Mixed" instructional materials that come from the traditional background, including updating and adding of content, but have responded to some or all of the pedagogy and other standards in presentation.
The AIBS study was conducted at the University of Washington in Seattle, with funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Funded by: The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
A free pdf version is also available at http://www.aibs.org/publications/bookstore/resources/TextbookReview.pdf