In 1956, Benjamin Bloomheaded a group of educationalpsychologists who developed aclassification of levels ofintellectual behaviorimportant in learning. Bloomfound that over 95 % of thetest questions studentsencounter require them tothink only at the lowestpossible level...the recallof information.Bloom identified six levels within the cognitive domain, fromthe simple recall or recognition of facts, as the lowest level,through increasingly more complex and abstract mental levels, tothe highest order which is classified as evaluation. Verbexamples that represent intellectual activity on each level arelisted here.1.
: arrange, define, duplicate, label, list,memorize, name, order, recognize, relate, recall, repeat,reproduce state.2.
: classify, describe, discuss, explain,express, identify, indicate, locate, recognize, report,restate, review, select, translate,3.
: apply, choose, demonstrate, dramatize, employ,illustrate, interpret, operate, practice, schedule, sketch,solve, use, write.4.
: analyze, appraise, calculate, categorize,compare, contrast, criticize, differentiate, discriminate,distinguish, examine, experiment, question, test.5.
: arrange, assemble, collect, compose, construct,create, design, develop, formulate, manage, organize, plan,prepare, propose, set up, write.6.
: appraise, argue, assess, attach, choosecompare, defend estimate, judge, predict, rate, core,select, support, value, evaluate.
As teachers we ask questions in the "knowledge" catagory 80% to90% of the time. These questions are not bad, but using them allthe time is. Try to utilize higher order level of questions.These questions require much more "brain power" and an extensive