Bloom's Taxonomy

Determining the Level of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy for CSLOs

Bloom’s Taxonomy is a hierarchical system for classifying SLOs by the type of cognitive, psychomotor or affective evidence students must demonstrate to show they have met the outcome. We usually build students’ mastery of a subject or skill by first challenging them to Remember and Understand (R/U) something before asking them to Apply or Analyze it (A/A). Near the end of a quarter or degree program, we may ask students to Evaluate their knowledge and skills and Create new ones (E/C).

Remembering & Understanding (R/U) Locating, recognizing, identifying, discussing, listing, describing, retrieving, naming, finding, explaining ideas or concepts, interpreting, selecting, outlining, summarizing, paraphrasing, classifying, estimating, inferring, planning
Applying & Analyzing (A/A) Using information in a familiar situation, implementing, carrying out, using, breaking information into parts to explore understandings and relationships, examining, comparing, organizing, differentiating, deconstructing, synthesizing, composing
Evaluating & Creating (E/C) Justifying a decision or course of action, assessing, checking, hypothesizing, critiquing, experimenting, appraising, judging, concluding, generating new ideas/products/ways of viewing things, designing, preparing, modifying, constructing, planning, producing, inventing

This table summarizes the way the Assessment Committee is applying Bloom’s Taxonomy to assessment. Read more about the taxonomy and how it works with cognitive outcomes using a helpful interactive diagram.

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