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Not a hierarchy

Posted on: March 4, 2020

I could not have said it better — a taxonomy (like Bloom’s) is not a hierarchy. Unfortunately, the way it is often represented (in a pyramid) implies and reinforces the hierarchical message.

We do not always have to start at the bottom rung like “remember” before attempting something “higher up” like “evaluate”.

I like pointing out that Bloom’s Taxonomy is descriptive of cognitive outcomes, but it is not prescriptive on how to write them. That is why I recreated the verb wheel for Bloom’s Taxonomy of cognitive outcomes a few years ago [1] [2].

Verb wheel for Bloom’s Taxonomy of cognitive outcomes.

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