Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bloom's Taxonomy: An Introduction

Bloom's Taxonomy often gets a bad reputation. Aligned with the behaviorist / transmission view of traditional education, the use of objectives now seem synonymous with standardized education.

The reality is that Bloom's Taxonomy was never meant to be a part of the factory model, standardized approach. Instead, the use of objectives were simply a part of a larger theory that combined the study of cognition (using an approach that was later co-opted by the constructivism movement), psychomotor learning and affective learning.
In many ways, Bloom's initial research helped lead to the development of challenging, conceptual, critical thinking rather than simple memorization. He recognized the need for emotional intelligence and self-efficacy in learners.

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