Academic, Author, Teacher & Consultant
Rodger W. Bybee is chair of the Science Forum and Science Expert Group, and Questionnaire Panel Consultant for PISA 2006. Until 2007, Dr. Bybee was executive director of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), a non-profit organization in Colorado Springs, Colorado that develops curriculum materials, provides professional development for the science education community, and conducts research and evaluation on curriculum reform. Prior to joining BSCS, he was executive director of the National Research Council’s Center for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education (CSMEE), in Washington, D.C. Between 1985 and 1995, he participated in the development of the National Science Education Standards, and in 1992-1995 he chaired the content working group of that National Research Council project.
At BSCS, Dr. Bybee was principal investigator for four National Science Foundation (NSF) programs: an elementary school program entitled Science for Life and Living: Integrating Science, Technology, and Health, a middle school program entitled Middle School Science & Technology, a high school biology program entitled BSCS Biology: A Human Approach, and a college program entitled Biological Perspectives. His work at BSCS also included serving as principal investigator for programs to develop curriculum frameworks for teaching about the history and nature of science and technology for biology education at high schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges.
From 1972 to 1985, Dr. Bybee was professor of education at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He has been active in education for more than forty years, having taught science at the elementary, secondary, and college levels.
Dr. Bybee serves on a number of advisory boards and committees including those for The National Academies, The U.S. Department of Education, The National Science Foundation, and The American Institute of Biological Sciences. He currently chairs the National Forum for the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development for the 2006 Program for International Student Assessment in Science. In addition he is an advisor to the Trends in Mathematics and Science Study video projects.
Dr. Bybee has written widely, publishing in both education and psychology. He is co-author of a leading textbook titled Teaching Secondary School Science: Strategies for Developing Scientific Literacy. His recent books include Achieving Scientific Literacy: From Purposes to Practices and Learning Science and the Science of Learning.
Over the years, Dr. Bybee has received awards as a Leader of American Education and an Outstanding Educator in America and in 1979 was Outstanding Science Educator of the Year. In 1989 he was recognized as one of the 100 outstanding alumni in the history of the University of Northern Colorado. In April 1998, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) presented Dr. Bybee with the NSTA’s Distinguished Service to Science Education Award. In 2001, The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) presented him with the first AIBS Education Award. In 2007, he received the Robert H. Carleton Award, NSTA’s highest honor, for national leadership in science education.
University of Northern Colorado—Biology and Fine Arts—B.A. 1966
University of Northern Colorado—Science Education and Earth Science—M.A. 1969
New York University—Science Education and Psychology—Ph.D. 1975
Executive Director – Biological Sciences Curriculum Study – 1999-2008
Executive Director – Center for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education, National Research Council – 1995-1999
Associate Director – Biological Sciences Curriculum Study – 1985-1995
Professor – Carleton College – 1973-1985
Bybee, R. 2013. The case for STEM education: Challenges and opportunities. Arlington, VA: National Science Teachers Association, NSTA Press.
Bybee, R. 2013. The next generation science standards and the life sciences. (Published simultaneously in three NSTA journals) The Science Teacher February 2013: 25-32.
Bybee, R., and J. Feldman. 2012. EVO teachers guide: Ten questions everyone should ask about evolution. Arlington, VA: National Science Teachers Association, NSTA Press.
Bybee, R. 2012. The next generation of science standards: Implications for biology education. The American Biology Teacher 74(8): 542-549.
Bybee, R. 2011. Science education policy and student assessment. In The role of public policy in k-12 science education, ed. G.E. DeBoer, 211-240. Charlotte, NC: Information
Bybee, R. 2011. Scientific and engineering practices in k-12 classrooms. (Published simultaneously in three NSTA journals) The Science Teacher 78(9): 34-40.
Bybee, R., and B. McCrae. 2011. Scientific literacy and student attitudes: Perspectives from PISA 2006 science. International Journal of Science Education 33(1): 7-26.
Bybee, R. 2010. The teaching of science: 21st century perspectives. Arlington, VA: National Science Teachers Association, NSTA Press.
Bybee, R. 2010. What is STEM education? (Editorial) Science 329: 996.
Bybee, R., and B. McCrae (Eds). 2009. PISA science 2006: Implications for science teachers and teaching. Arlington, VA: National Science Teachers Association, NSTA Press.
Bybee, R. 2008. Scientific literacy, environmental issues, and PISA 2006: The 2008 Paul F-Brandwein lecture. Journal of Science Education and Technology 17: 566-585.
Bybee, R. 1997. Achieving scientific literacy: From purposes to practices. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Bybee, R. 1991. Planet Earth in crisis: How should science educators respond? The American Biology Teacher 53(3): 146-153.
Bybee, R., and T. Mau. 1986. Science and technology related global problems: An international survey of science educators. Journal of Research in Science Teaching 23(7): 599-618.
Bybee, R. 1979. Science education policies for an ecological society: Aims and goals. Science Education 63(2): 245-255.
Advisor and presenter, Building Capacity for State Science Education (BCSSE), 2012
Reviewer for Wellcome Trust (London, UK), 2012
Inaugural Lecture – National Institutes of Health (NIH) Science Education Conversations. “Thinking Differently About How We Teach Science: Why Should NIH Care and What Can NIH Do? – 2012
Reviewer for Thailand National Science Education Standards – 2011-2013
Advisor and Presenter, AMDON Consulting (Singapore) – 2011
Presenter, INNOVE (Mexico City, Mexico) – 2011
Consultant, Pearson International (London, UK) – 2011-2012
Team Leader, The Next Generation Science Standards, ACHIEVE, Washington, DC – 2011-2013
Keynote speaker and chair of the Biological Sciences Design Team for the NRC’s Committee on the “Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards”
Co-Chair, Board of Directors, The Keystone Center, 2009-2011
AAAS Council Delegate for the Section on Education, 2007-2010
Collaborators and Co-Editors (in the past 48 months)
Barry J. McCrae, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
Pablo Zoido, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Karen Hollweg, North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
Graduate Advisors and Postdoctoral Sponsors
F. James Rutherford, AAAS Project 2061 (retired)