1April2015 Rodger W. Bybee with Science Bits In support of the work by the International Science Teaching Foundation on the Science Bits project to promote the introduction of constructivist methodologies in classrooms around the world, and in conjunction with the Academia Europaea, we welcome the presence of the distinguished American pedagogue Rodger W. Bybee, the director of the team that created the 5E instructional model. Rodger W. Bybee will be talking about the fundamentals of this successful instructional model—which underlies the educational methodology that promotes Science Bits—and about the state of the art in research. What: Conference by Rodger W. Bybee on the 5E instructional model. When: Wednesday, April 29, at 18h. Where: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB). Carrer Montalegre, 5 (08001) Barcelona. About Rodger W. Bybee Rodger W. Bybee is one of the most renowned pedagogues in the United States in the field of science education. He has gathered over 40 years of teaching experience in primary school, secondary school, high school, and college. Dr. Bybee was executive director of the National Research Council’s (NRC) for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education (CSMEE), executive director of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, and one of the forerunners of the latest science curriculum developed in the US: the Next Generation Science Standards. In addition, he serves on advisory boards for The National Academies, The U.S. Department of Education, The National Science Foundation, and The American Institute of Biological Sciences. He previously chaired the National Forum for the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for the 2006 PISA tests in science. About the 5E Instructional Model The 5E Instructional Model is a constructivist model with 5 stages: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate. These stages aim to mobilize the students’ prior knowledge; connect their ideas with the newly acquired knowledge through discovery and learning-by-doing; provide formal explanations of concepts that would otherwise be difficult to discover intuitively; and grant opportunities to demonstrate comprehensive learning by means of practical application. Developed by the Biological Science Curriculum Study (BSCS) team and headed by Dr. Rodger W. Bybee, the 5E model has been used in several primary and secondary schools across the United States since the 1980s. Studies on the model have shown there to be significant improvements in conceptual learning, skills development, as well as greater interest in science by students.