Reported is a study of a syllabus designed to teach students how to determine a position by celestial means. The syllabus was intended to augment existing curricula and be a topic for special interest groups and not designed as a semester-long course in itself. Each of the 14 lessons included was preceded by specific objectives written in behavioral terms. Programmed instruction format or problem solving were used as reviews. The syllabus was tested on 79 high school boys and girls in four different geographic areas by four different teachers. Abilities ranged from high to low achievers and ages from 12 to 18 years. The syllabus was also tested with a group of 31 public school science teachers. All performances were considered satisfactory. All instructors who taught from the syllabus reported it to be as good as or better than any other book available on the subject. Most students indicated positive attitudes for both the subject material and for the syllabus. It is recommended it be made generally available to high schools. Programmed instruction form is highly recommended for high school students.
Bell, C. W. (1971). Celestial Navigation for High School Students. PhD. Dissertation. Texas A & M University, TX, USA