Tyler, R. W. (1949). Basic principles of curriculum and instruction. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

The Tyler Rationale - Influenced Curriculum Development  2nd half of the 20th Century

1.   WHAT EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES SHOULD THE SCHOOL SEEK TO ATTAIN?

a.     Studies of the learners themselves as a source of

        educational objectives.

b.     Studies of contemporary life outside the school.

c.     Suggestions about objectives from subject specialists.

d     The use of philosophy in selecting objectives.

e.     The use of a psychology of learning in selecting objectives.

f.      Stating objectives in a form to be helpful in selecting

        learning experiences and in guiding teaching.

2.      WHAT EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES CAN BE PROVIDED THAT ARE LIKELY TO ATTAIN THESE PURPOSES

a.          Meaning of the tem “learning experience.”

b.          General principles in selecting learnin experiences.

c.     Illustrations of the characteristics of learning experiences useful in                attaining various types of objectives.

1.     learning experiences to develop skill in thinking

2.     learning experiences helpful in acquiring information

3.     learning experiences helpful in developing social attitudes

4.     learning experiences helpful in developing interests.

3.   HOW CAN THESE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES BE EFFECTIVELY ORGANIZED?

a.       What is meant by organization?

b.      Criteria for effective organization:  continuity, sequence, integration

c.       Elements to be organized: e.g., concepts, values, skills

d.      Organizing principles

e.       The organizing structure

f.        The process of planning a unit of organization.

4.   HOW CAN WE DETERMINE WHETHER THESE PURPOSES ARE BEING ATTAINED?

a.     The need for evaluation

b.     Basic notions regarding evaluation.

c.     Evaluation procedures.

d.     Using the results of evaluation.

e.    Other values and uses of evaluation procedures.

5.   HOW SHOULD A SCHOOL OR COLLEGE STAFF WORK ON

      CURRICULUM BUILDING?