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In 1956, Benjamin Bloom headed a group of educational psychologists who developed a classification of levels of intellectual behavior important in learning. Bloom found that over 95 % of the test questions students encounter require them to think only at the lowest possible level...the recall of information.
Bloom identified six levels within the cognitive domain, from the simple recall or recognition of facts, as the lowest level, through increasingly more complex and abstract mental levels, to the highest order which is classified as evaluation.
Bloom's Taxonomy is still being used all over the world.
Verb examples that represent intellectual activity on each level are listed here.
|Knowledge||arrange, define, duplicate, label, list, memorize, name, order, recognize, relate, recall, repeat, reproduce state.|
|Comprehension||classify, describe, discuss, explain, express, identify, indicate, locate, recognize, report, restate, review, select, translate.|
|Application||apply, choose, demonstrate, dramatize, employ, illustrate, interpret, operate, practice, schedule, sketch, solve, use, write.|
|Analysis||analyze, appraise, calculate, categorize, compare, contrast, criticize, differentiate, discriminate, distinguish, examine, experiment, question, test.|
|Synthesis||arrange, assemble, collect, compose, construct, create, design, develop, formulate, manage, organize, plan, prepare, propose, set up, write.|
|Evaluation||appraise, argue, assess, attach, choose compare, defend estimate, judge, predict, rate, core, select, support, value, evaluate.|