This week our major focus was on curriculum and the Tyler rationale. Our class was asked to reflect on these questions after reading the weekly text:
Curriculum development from a traditionalist perspective is widely used across schools in Canada and other countries. Can you think about: (a) The ways in which you may have experience the Tyler rationale in your own schooling? (b) What are the major limitations of the Tyler rationale/what does it make impossible? (c) What are some potential benefits/what is made possible?
A) First and foremost, Tyler used four basic questions when developing his model for the curriculum and they are:
1. What educational purposes should the school seek to attain?
2. What educational experiences can be provided that are likely to attain these purposes?
3. How can these educational experiences be effectively organized?
4. How can we determine whether these experiences are being attained?
These questions/steps did apply to my schooling as I am sure they applied to practically everyone who attended school. The main goal of the Tyler approach is to quickly and efficiently convey the required information to the students so that they can learn the information and to succeed on the tests.
B) The major limitations to the Tyler rationale is that it does not take into consideration every need of the student. It looks at getting from point A to point B in one way. This is why it is not going to be effective for every student. Especially the students that learn in different ways. This rationale won't benefit them nearly as much. Because it primarily relies on tests. For the students that do not do that well on tests this method will hinder their performance.
C) Perhaps the major benefit in this approach is that it primarily focuses on being efficent. If you can help your class meet the required objectives quickly and efficiently that would be a good thing.