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UI's Yager receives $10,000 award for contributions to science education
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Robert E. Yager, professor of science education at
the University of Iowa College of Education, has been selected to receive
a $10,000 award as a top honoree of the World Cultural Council for his
work to reform science curricula for middle and high school students.
Yager, who founded the Science Education Center at the UI in mid-1960s,
will receive the 1998 "Jose Vasconcelos" World Award of Education
presented by the World Cultural Council during a ceremony hosted by Victoria
University of Wellington, New Zealand Nov. 19.
The World Cultural Council is a Mexico City-based organization that
represents more than 250 educators, including 25 Nobel Laureates, from
more than 60 countries.
In making the announcement, Esteban Meszaros Wild, secretary general
of the World Cultural Council, said Yager was selected in recognition of
his "valuable and pioneering contributions in the field of science
In addition to the $10,000 award, Yager will receive a diploma and commemorative
medallion from the organization.
Director of the Iowa portion of "Scope, Sequence and Coordination,"
a national science reform project that has received more than $4 million
in funding from the National Science Foundation, Yager is a recognized
leader in efforts to develop and implement new curricula to teach science
to students and to train teachers how to teach science better.
Yager has headed two national projects to evaluate effective teacher
education practices at 25 colleges and universities. He led a project funded
by the Annenberg Foundation that was designed to illustrate the current
reforms under way in science education.
He also was a pioneer in the creation, implementation and dissemination
of the Chautauqua Program in Science Education, a professional development
program for in-service teachers at the kindergarten through 12th-grade