Blooms Taxonomy


What is Bloom’s taxonomy?

New Version

Old Version

In 1956, Benjamin Bloom headed a group of educational psychologists who developed a classification of levels of intellectual behaviour important in learning. During the 1990's a new group of cognitive psychologist, lead by Lorin Anderson (a former student of Bloom's), updated the taxonomy reflecting relevance to 21st century work. The graphic is a representation of the NEW verbage associated with the long familiar Bloom's Taxonomy. Note the change from Nouns to Verbs to describe the different levels of the taxonomy.

Note that the top two levels are essentially exchanged from the Old to the New version.

Dalton, J. & Smith, D. (1986) “Extending Children’s Special Abilities – Strategies for primary classrooms

Our aim as teachers is to provide our students with a variety of learning experiences that increasingly draw on higher order thinking skills. Blooms Taxonomy provides a hierarchy of increasingly complex cognitive processes. Exposing students to such thinking challenges can take the form of cleaver questioning or structured activity.