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a)The ways in which you may have experience the Tyler rationale in your own schooling?

I have experienced the Tyler rationale throughout my own schooling, most notably in my grade
10 social studies course. In this course the teacher was focused the most not on the learning of the student
but instead on what we were supposed to know based off of the curriculum. For that teacher she saw
school as seeking to attain the knowledge as told through the curriculum, something that me and my
classmates did not agree with. This was even further supported through the ways in which she taught us.
While some teachers try to integrate education through many experiences, she instead taught us through
handouts all for the sole purpose of adhering to the curriculum. Because she organized these experiences
through handouts she attempted to streamline the education process into something that fit everyone,
something that is impossible to do. Through her methods she tried to determine if these purposes were
being attained through tests and essays that we were to write in class.

b)What are the major limitations of the Tyler rationale/what does it make impossible?

In my opinion a major limitation of the Tyler rationale is that sometimes it is impossible to tell whether
educational purposes are being attained. For example, in the case of a self reflection, there is no real
way for any educator to tell whether a student has a grasp on what they are being taught or if they are
pretending to have done a real self reflection. For things like self reflections, as teachers, it is not
possible to say whether or not a student has correct or wrong self reflections. On page 58 Tyler is
quoted saying that “education is a process of changing the behavior of people…” yet there is no real
way to determine how much students have changed or if they are merely pretending to change.

c)What are some potential benefits/what is made possible?

Some potential benefits to the Tyler rationale is that it allows teachers to have a “go to” way to assess
their own teaching practices. Trough these four questions teachers are able to reflect on, and create,
their lesson plans.


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