Bloom's Taxonomy / Adult Learning
Bloom's Taxonomy is a classification of learning objectives within education proposed in 1956 by a committee of educators chaired by Benjamin Bloom who also edited the first volume of the standard text, Taxonomy of educational objectives: the classification of educational goals. Bloom's Taxonomy divides educational objectives into three domains: Cognitive, Affective, and Psychomotor.
Here, I will explain only the cognitive domain:
Skills in the cognitive domain revolve around knowledge, comprehension, and critical thinking of a particular topic. Traditional education tends to emphasize the skills in this domain, particularly the lower-order objectives. There are six levels in the taxonomy, which are knowledge, comprehension, application analysis synthesis and evaluation. I will talk about two of them moving through the lowest order processes to the highest:
Exhibit memory of previously-learned materials by recalling facts, terms, basic concepts and answers •
Knowledge of specifics - terminology, specific facts
Knowledge of ways and means of dealing with specifics - conventions, trends and sequences, classifications and categories, criteria, methodology •
Knowledge of the universals and abstractions in a field - principles and generalizations, theories and structures Questions like: What are the health benefits of eating apples?
Demonstrative understanding of facts and
Questions like: Compare the health benefits of eating apples vs. oranges.
Now we will talk about Adult Education. Adult education is the practice of teaching and educating adults. Adult education takes place in the workplace, through "extension" school or "school of continuing education". Other learning places include community colleges, folk high schools, colleges and universities, libraries, and lifelong learning centers. The practice is also often referred to...
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