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Bloom's Taxonomy

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Benjamin Bloom (1956) created a taxonomy for the cognitive domain of learning. While revisions have been made over the years, the main principles remain the same. A strong understanding of the levels will help you make decisions when writing outcomes and assessing student learning.


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Example

The following outcomes are all about the same content, but fall on different levels of the taxonomy.


Evaluation

Evaluate a peer’s and personal client nursing care plans and make recommendations

Synthesis

Devise a client nursing care plan

Analysis

Review various client nursing care plans and identify strengths and weaknesses

Application

Use a previously created client nursing care plan in clinical rounds

Comprehension

Explain the importance of each component of a client nursing care plan

Knowledge

Identify the components of a client nursing care plan

As mentioned above, revisions have happened over the years. These revisions have been succinctly summarized by the eLearning Guild.

Munzenmaier, C., Rubin, N. (2013). Bloom's taxonomy: What's old is new again. Perspectives. The eLearning Guild.

How do you use Bloom’s taxonomy to guide your lesson structures? Or, is there another similar taxonomy you use? Share with the community in the comments below.

References:
Bloom, B.S. (1956). Taxonomy of educational objectives, handbook 1: The cognitive domains. New York: David McKay Co Inc.
Munzenmaier, C., Rubin, N. (2013). Bloom's taxonomy: What's old is new again. Perspectives. The eLearning Guild. Retrieved from http://insdsg602-s13-manning.wikispaces.umb.edu/file/view/guildresearch_blooms2013.pdf/403007658/guildresearch_blooms2013.pdf

 

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