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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 education."

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 levels.