Basic Principles of Curriculum and Instruction [NOOK Book]

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In 1949, a small book had a big impact on education. In just over one hundred pages, Ralph W. Tyler presented the concept that curriculum should be dynamic, a program under constant evaluation and revision. Curriculum had always been thought of as a static, set program, and in an era preoccupied with student testing, he offered the innovative idea that teachers and administrators should spend as much time evaluating their plans as they do ...
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Overview

In 1949, a small book had a big impact on education. In just over one hundred pages, Ralph W. Tyler presented the concept that curriculum should be dynamic, a program under constant evaluation and revision. Curriculum had always been thought of as a static, set program, and in an era preoccupied with student testing, he offered the innovative idea that teachers and administrators should spend as much time evaluating their plans as they do assessing their students.

Since then, Basic Principles of Curriculum and Instruction has been a standard reference for anyone working with curriculum development. Although not a strict how-to guide, the book shows how educators can critically approach curriculum planning, studying progress and retooling when needed. Its four sections focus on setting objectives, selecting learning experiences, organizing instruction, and evaluating progress. Readers will come away with a firm understanding of how to formulate educational objectives and how to analyze and adjust their plans so that students meet the objectives. Tyler also explains that curriculum planning is a continuous, cyclical process, an instrument of education that needs to be fine-tuned.
This emphasis on thoughtful evaluation has kept Basic Principles of Curriculum and Instruction a relevant, trusted companion for over sixty years. And with school districts across the nation working feverishly to align their curriculum with Common Core standards, Tyler's straightforward recommendations are sound and effective tools for educators working to create a curriculum that integrates national objectives with their students' needs.
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Editorial Reviews

Times Higher Education

"Tyler addresses the essential purposes of teaching in a way that still has relevance for contemporary students of education, and communicates to them how important and timeless the quality of the pupil-teacher interaction actually is."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226086644
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 8/9/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 311,116
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Ralph W. Tyler (1902–94) was professor of education and dean of the Division of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. He also served as founding director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and chaired the committee that eventually developed the National Assessment of Educational Progress. 
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Peter S. Hlebowitsh Introduction 1. What Educational Purposes Should the School Seek to Attain? Studies of the Learners Themselves as a Source of Educational ObjectivesStudies of Contemporary Life Outside the SchoolSuggestions About Objectives from Subject SpecialistsThe Use of Philosophy in Selecting ObjectivesThe Use of a Psychology of Learning in Selecting ObjectivesStating Objectives in a Form to be Helpful in Selecting Learning Experiences and in Guiding Teaching 2. How Can Learning Experiences Be Selected Which Are Likely to Be Useful in Attaining These Objectives? Meaning of the Term “Learning Experience”General Principles in Selecting Learning ExperiencesIllustrations of the Characteristics of Learning Experiences Useful in Attaining Various Types of Objectives 3. How Can Learning Experiences Be Organized for Effective Instruction? What is Meant by “Organization”Criteria for Effective OrganizationElements to be OrganizedOrganizing PrinciplesThe Organizing StructureThe Process of Planning a Unit of Organization 4. How Can the Effectiveness of Learning Experiences Be Evaluated? The Need for EvaluationBasic Notions Regarding EvaluationEvaluation ProceduresUsing the Results of EvaluationOther Values and Uses of Evaluation Procedures 5. How a School or College Staff May Work on Curriculum Building
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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    Informative

    This book provided information that is useful in my doctoral course.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2007

    Packs A Punch

    A Very informative work that adds to the knowledge of education regarding schools,teaching and learning.I plan to continue to use for my graduate students as they sit to understand the basic principles of education and how to apply them to schools today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2000

    The Rosetta Stone of Curriculum Development

    Tyler's classic work is the foundation for all other curriculum development models. Although originally written as a syllabus for his class, this work was the first definitive synthesis of instructional design. This is a 'must read' for any serious educational professional. Tyler's 128 pages are packed with insights still practical in today's age of technology and self-directed learners.

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