Burns, James P.,"The Past in the Present: The Historic Reach of the 'Tyler Rationale'," pp. 65-93 in James P. Burns, Power, Curriculum, and Embodiment: Rethinking Curriculum as Counter-Conduct and Counter-Politics. New York: Palgave Macmillan, 2018 "


James P. Burns


Gives a critique of the Tyler Rationale in its historic context and analyzes the instrumental assumptions embedded in it; shows how the instructional design that has risen to implement his model is based on the same assumptions.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Theorists, Curriculum Development-Organization-Design

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Historical Inquiry, Philosphical Inquiry-Conceptual Analysis, Critical Inquiry, Theortical/Conceptual Inquiry

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Curriculum Development Strategies, Classics of Curriculum Literature, Curriculum History, Value Assumptions and Ideologies in Curriculum


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