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Bloom's Taxonomy
 
What is Bloom's Taxonomy?

Bloom's Taxonomy: A classification of thinking organized by level of complexity. Knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation are the six levels. _
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Competence

Skills Demonstrated

Question Cues


Knowledge


- observation and recall of information
- knowledge of major ideas
- knowledge of dates, events, places
- mastery of subject matter


list, define, tell, describe, identify,
show, label, collect, examine,
tabulate, quote, name, who, when,
where, etc.

Comprehension

- understanding information
- grasp meaning
- translate knowledge into new context
- interpret facts, compare, contrast
- order, group, infer causes
- predict consequences

summarize, describe, interpret,
contrast, predict, associate,
distinguish, estimate, differentiate,
discuss, extend


Application
- use information
- use methods, concepts, theories in new
situations
- solve problems using required skills


apply, demonstrate, calculate, complete,
illustrate, show, solve, examine,
modify, relate, classify, experiment,
discover

Analysis

- seeing patterns
- organization of parts
- recognition of hidden meanings
- identification of components

analyze, separate, order, explain,
connect, classify, arrange, divide,
compare, select, explain, infer

Synthesis

- use old ideas to create new ones
- generalize from given facts
- relate knowledge from several areas
- predict, draw conclusions


combine, integrate, modify, rearrange,
substitute, plan, create, design,
invent, what if, compose, formulate,
prepare, generalize, rewrite

Evaluation
- compare, and discriminate between ideas
- assess value of theories, presentations
- make choices on reasoned argument
- verify value of evidence
- recognize subjectivity


assess, decide, rank, grade, test,
measure, recommend, convince, select,
judge, explain, discriminate,
support, conclude, compare,
summarize
_ - _ Table adapted from Learning Skills Program: University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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More about Benjamin Bloom and Bloom's Taxonomy
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1. Bloom's Taxonomy Explained (University of Alberta) 4. Bloom's digital taxonomy eduorigami.wikispaces.com
2. Bloom's three domains: Knowledge, Attitude, Skills 5. Writing lesson plans using Bloom's Taxonomy (pedagogyideas.com)
3. Taxonomy of Learning, Teaching and Assessing (Iowa State University) 6. Instructional Development Timeline
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Google Scholar "Bloom's Taxonomy"
 

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