Date of Defense



Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies

First Advisor

Christine Zimmer

Second Advisor

Dr. Linda Dannison

Third Advisor

Mindy Christman


The process of the curriculum design I chose stems predominately from four educational theories: cooperative learning, the constructivist theory, conceptual change, and multiple intelligences. The program takes place with students in small groups based on cooperative learning research which found that cooperation, rather than individual or competitive efforts, results in higher achievement, greater long-term retention of what is learned, higher levels of critical thinking, the generating of more new ideas, a more positive attitude toward the subject being studied, and a higher amount of time spent on task (Holebec, E. J., Johnson, D. W., &Johnson, R.T., 1984). Groups also create a higher level of confidentiality for personal beliefs, an important issue in sexual education.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only