Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (MSIS)



First Advisor

Dr. Mario Diaz

Second Advisor

Dr. Natalia Guevara

Third Advisor

Dr. Edgar Corpuz


University students taking introductory astronomy courses were studied with a control group enrolled in a class with standard curriculum and an experimental group enrolled in a class with a curriculum using innovative instructional methods. Using multiple assessments, I analyzed the students’ astronomy knowledge and overall class experience to determine which curriculum was more instructionally effective. The innovative methods were developed with the ADDIE method and were based on the Karplus learning cycle which provided the framework for the astronomy curriculum. The end goal of the innovative curriculum is to produce graduates with better conceptual understanding of astronomy than with the standard curriculum. I have analyzed both the innovative and traditional methods and compared them based on data from student volunteers of both groups. The purpose of this thesis is to understand which method works best and identify the strengths and weaknesses students possess based on their total experience taking astronomy.


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