Bloom’s Taxonomy Problems
The Bloom is Off the Vine
I just came across this nifty little piece on Bloom’s Taxonomy, written by Brenda Sugrue for ISPI’s Performance Express.
It’s a nice critique on the validity and usefulness of Bloom’s Taxonomy for Instructional Design.
I tend to agree with Brenda’s Critique. For a long time I’ve been suspicious of Blooms.
In case that link ever goes away, I’m repeating her piece here:
Problems with Bloom’s Taxonomy
I did a 99-second critique of Bloom’s taxonomy at the 2002 ISPI conference, and it generated more unsolicited feedback than any other presentation I have made. The response varied from those who completely agreed with me and abandoned Bloom many years ago to those who are still true believers and avid users. In those 99 seconds, I criticized the taxonomy but did not have time to present more valid alternatives. This article summarizes the criticisms and presents two alternative strategies for classifying objectives in order to design appropriate instruction and assessment.
The Content-by-Performance Alternative
Figure 1. Prescriptions for Information and Practice Based on Content-Performance Matrix.
The Pure Performance Alternative
Merrill, M.D. (1994). Instructional design theory. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Educational Technology Publications.
Moore, D.S. (1982). Reconsidering Bloom’s Taxonomy of educational objectives, cognitive domain. Educational Theory, 32(1) 29-34.