Curriculum Theory and Practice

  • The ways in which you may have experience the Tyler rationale in your own schooling; 

I feel as though most of my school experiences followed many things that the Tyler rationale highlighted. I noticed that the core classes were much more or a priority than the arts and even physical education. Core classes such as maths, sciences and English. I do see that in the way that my school experience was that every unit and outcome that we followed there was a distinct end goal that we were to achieve. We had the assessments such as a test or a major project or evaluate and assess our progress. a curriculum is a particular form of specification about the practice of teaching. It is not a package of materials or a syllabus of ground to be covered. ‘It is a way of translating any educational idea into a hypothesis testable in practice. It invites critical testing rather than acceptance’

  • What are the major limitations of the Tyler rationale/what does it make impossible; 

I have found a couple limitations to the Tyler rationale. The one that really stands out to me is the evaluations and assessments. Not all students are comfortable or confident in writing tests. Personally, for me I would have excelled even more in school if I had an alternative to just writing standard tests. This system is not for everyone. Another limitation is that the curriculum is not “value neutral’ which it was stated that it was. Provided a scientific model to curriculum development. A rational, orderly, and systematic process that is “value neutral,” and, therefore, can be implemented across all subjects.

  • What are some potential benefits/what is made possible? Be sure to refer to the assigned article in your post; you may also include information from lecture if you wish.

            One benefit, although it can also fall under a limitation, is that there is set goals. The benefit to the set goals is that student have something to achieve for and it makes there work meaningful. Personally, I find that I do better on assignments and projects if I can see a main outcome or goal that it will be taking me to. For example, students would want to do good on their exams so they can get into university to help them get a goal that they are striving for. The other achievements are giving them motivation. With the clear curriculum plan teachers are able to know exactly what they are to be teaching and what the goals should be. 


ECS 210

Week 1: January 10 & 11

The problem of common sense

How does Kumashiro define ‘commonsense?’ 

            Kumashiro defines as something that everyone should know. It is also defined as something that would be considered the ‘norm’. It is assumed that everyone has similar knowledge based off of common experiences. “…Common sense call(s) on us to engage in anti-oppressive forms of education”

Why is it so important to pay attention to the ‘common sense?’

It is so important to pay attention to the common sense because, simply, it might not be common to everybody. It is enviable that people have a different common sense. Students as well as teacher will have a different common sense which could influence the ways they learn and teach. It is important to pay attention to this so that the learning environment is a non-biased environment. Things such as race, culture, morals and other beliefs and values may have a different common sense. Common sense is based off of experiences which people share differently which leads to individuals having different common sense.  An example from the text is the norms about school such as when it is open, the materials are divided into disciplines and that the students are grouped based on their age, common sense is telling us that these are what it means to be in school. But, “if we were to learn that there are other ways to structure schooling, or that prevailing views of schooling are actually quite oppressive, we might end up feeling quite disoriented or uncertain or even guilty.” This ‘norm’ may not be normal to every student. How it is set up is that the everyday schooling processes track only certain students toward academic success. In conclusion it is important to pay attention to common sense because everyone may view the situation differently.