Date of Award

Winter 1-15-2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Carol Wade


Variety in the implementation of curriculum projects guided by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) may be essential for student success in the mathematics classroom. This curriculum project designed for 7th grade mathematics geometry seeks to utilize the Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) to decrease the extraneous cognitive load of students. Merrienboer and Sweller (2005) define that CLT “uses interactions between information structures and knowledge of human cognition to determine instructional design” (p.147). Utilizing CLT into each lesson can provide students with a greater conceptual understanding of the complex tasks that are required of them by the CCSS.