Traditional Curriculum Theory: Its Place in the Development of Law Units


  • David Newlyn University of Western Sydney, Australia


Curriculum theory, law, teaching


As one of the main concerns of education, this article examines the impact that traditional formal curriculum theory can have on the teaching of law units. An examination of the traditional rational/objective curriculum models espoused by Ralph W Tyler and Hilda Taba is undertaken in the context of their value to legal education. The article concludes with an indication that an understanding of and commitment to use elements associated with formal curriculum theory can assist rigour, credibility, consistency and reliability in the learning activities that are undertaken by the educators of law students.

Author Biography

David Newlyn, University of Western Sydney, Australia

Dr David Newlyn PhD, BEd(Hons) Wgong, LLB Syd is a member of the academic staff in the School of Law at the University of Western Sydney (Australia). He has an extensive history of engagement within the fields of education and law. He teaches and researches in the areas of Business Law, Contract Law, Constitutional Law, Introduction to the Law and Legal Education.


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How to Cite

Newlyn, D. (2016). Traditional Curriculum Theory: Its Place in the Development of Law Units. Asian Journal of Education and E-Learning, 4(1). Retrieved from