How to write a rationale statement

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How to write a rationale statement
Many educators use a rationale to explain why a given component of a curriculum was selected. (writing image by Horticulture from Fotolia.com)

A rationale statement outlines the reasons for an activity or a decision. Many educators use a rationale to explain why a given component of a curriculum was selected. In an effort to make teaching more transparent for both students and parents, a rationale provides background information and discusses the foreseen benefits and potential challenges of a classroom activity.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Provide the name of the work or material the activity will focus on, such as a website. If discussing a literary work, include bibliographic information, such as the title, author name, publication date, publisher and edition number.

  2. 2

    Identify the target audience, including the age group the activity is suitable for and class type, such as special education.

  3. 3

    Summarise the contents of the material. Use your professional and practical knowledge to discuss the impact you expect it to have on the students.

  4. 4

    Describe the objectives for using the material.

  5. 5

    Indicate how the material will be used, such as individual or group study, and explain how it will achieve the stated objectives.

  6. 6

    Identify any problems that could arise. Suggest and describe possible solutions to these problems.

  7. 7

    Suggest alternative works students might read and briefly justify your choices.

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