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Become familiar with Bloom's Taxonomy and show it to your students. Instructor and student efforts should focus on moving students up the pyramid to higher-order knowledge.
In 1956, Benjamin Bloom, an educational psychologist, developed a classification of levels of cognitive skills important in learning. In the 1990s, a group of cognitive psychologists, led by Lorin Anderson, updated the taxonomy, changing the original noun-based classification to verbs. The diagram presents the revised framework.
An example of the framework as applied in Economics:
- Can the student remember/recite the definition of opportunity cost?
- Can the student understand/restate/explain the definition of opportunity cost?
- Can the student apply the concept of opportunity cost in a given context?
- Can the student use the concept of opportunity cost to analyze/compare/contrast situations?
- Can the student suggest and justify using the concept of opportunity cost to analyze a novel economic situation?
- Can the student evaluate/critique an analysis based on opportunity cost?
- Can the student create a new use of the concept? Can she create a related concept?