Kliebard, Herbert M., "The Tyler Rationale," School Review, 78(February, 1970), 259-272.* Reprinted pp. 70-83 in William F. Pinar, ed., Curriculum Theorizing. Berkeley, CA: McCutchan Publishing, 1975. Reprinted pp. 153-167 in Herbert M. Kliebard, Forging the American Curriculum: Essays in Curriculum History and Theory. New York: Routledge, 1992.


Critiques the Tyler rationale for its over-reliance on the rational use of educational objectives.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Conceptions and Theories, Curriculum Development, Organization, Design, Curriculum Theorists

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Philosophical Inquiry-Ampliative Criticism

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Curriculum Aims and Objectives, Classics of Curriculum Literature, Curriculum Development Strategies


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