AP Biology Blog

A move toward real-life science — The new Advanced Placement biology curriculum

I wrote this post over the summer for the Baker Institute blog about the new AP Biology course.

The topic came to me after I read through the summary of a conference held at the Baker Institute in 2003 called “Bridging the Gap Between Science and Society.” This “summary” was a hardcover book about half the size of my biology textbook.

In the section about science education, one article mentioned that science classes needed to shift from a model of knowledge-based learning to one of inquiry-based learning. My AP Biology course immediately came to mind, followed by the thought, “This conference was more than 10 years ago. What took College Board so long?”

I decided not to dwell on that thought too long and just focus on the curriculum changes  and what they meant for science education.

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