Blog 2: Curriculum and its Historical Roots: The Traditionalists

The Tyler rationale:

  1. Diagnosis of needs
  2. Formulation of objectives
  3. Selection of content
  4. Organization of content
  5. Selection of learning experiences
  6. Organization of learning experiences
  7.  Determination of what to evaluate and of the ways and means of doing it

From my understanding of the Tyler rationale this is what I believe is my experience with the rationale in my schooling. One particular thing that sticks out from me in relation to do this is the reading test. The reading test are books that are meant to place you in a particular set. The readings were leveled by letters or coloured stickers They usually used stickers or letters so that other students wouldn’t be able to identify if they were at a higher reading level then the other students. The colour sort of worked for this but the lettering system wasn’t very affect. Most of the time if you were further down in the alphabet meant that your reading level was a lot higher and vice versa a letter near the starting of the alphabet was a lower reading level. Another flaw to these reading test is that they would sent take home reading for your level that you were suppose to read with your parents. How is the parent suppose to justify if that is the right reading level for you, how much is the parent helping, and are they even reading the books? Parents are busy or don’t make time for their kids and by having this method the kids will never practice their reading. At the end of certain months the teacher would take away the students and do the reading test were the child would read their book and the teacher would justify where the reading level should be whether leaving them at that level, moving them down or up. This method would be useful if teachers took time with the students do these readings rather then making it a at home thing. As well as changing the reading levels in categories that the kids don’t understand so they cant critique each other.  That is one experience I believe to be the most important that compares to this theory.

This theory lacks students first meaning that students need to take control of their learning and their ideas. If students take control of their learning, they will be more willing to remember and learn. After from coming from a new style of learning were the child takes control will have a more positive experience in school making it easier to talk about with other peers or family.  This theory also doesn’t take in consideration that every group of students is different, every student alone is different. This theory measures students as whole and basing it on average of children. Which lacks focus on the students who aren’t in that average margin. The theory is define more relaxed deadlines which deadlines are placed to aim at goals and to achieve all the material that needs to be taught in a certain amount of time. Lastly the theory expects a certain grade by a certain time. They have a set schedule and expectation that if the students don’t me that criteria or deadline that this will be noticeable in the lack of planning future lessons.

The only benefit from the Tyler Rationale is having teachers structured, organized and providing a guide for all academic learning. The system is very in line that there is no possibility for mistake. There is a plan and there is a goal that everyone has set for them. In schooling systems now a days most teachers try their best to stay organized and have strict due dates. But the way they teach is different every year due to the set of  students they are giving to teach. A good teacher is one who can adapt and be okay that not everything is going to follow the plans and knowing that is okay.

Smith. (2000). Curriculum Theory and Practice, pp. I-XIII


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