Bloom’s revised taxonomy is a two-dimensional framework for identifying, categorizing, and scaffolding learning outcomes with a cognitive emphasis. The taxonomy table helps to organize learning outcomes by level of cognitive complexity (y-axis) and level of conceptual knowledge (x-axis).
Using Bloom's framework to identify your learning outcomes will allow you to think of learning outcomes as two-fold:
Cognitive Process + Knowledge
Looking back at the How to Write Learning Outcomes, you'll see this referred to as the pairing of a verb with an object. The verb, or the cognitive process, clarifies the expected action to occur in learning. The object, or the knowledge phrase, identifies the targeted information learners will attain and the meaning learners will construct.
COGNITIVE PROCESS dimension | ORDER OF THINKING
The cognitive process dimension contains six categories of thinking skills.
The categories are on a continuum of increasing cognitive complexity, from lower order thinking skills to higher order thinking skills. A learner who is able to achieve a higher-level thinking skill is understood to have already mastered the lower-level thinking skills. For example, a learner who is able to apply a procedure will have already attained lower-thinking skills of knowledge (recall) and comprehension (understand).
The knowledge dimension contains four categories on a continuum of concrete knowledge to abstract knowledge. The revised taxonomy includes a fourth category called metacognitive knowledge, which encompasses students' awareness, control, and regulation of their own cognition. The inclusion of metacognition reflects research that shows how knowledge of one's own cognition and the ability to strategically control one's own cognition plays an important role in learning (Anderson & Krathwohl, 2001).
These four types of knowledge help determine what to teach and how to teach it, or instructional content and instructional methods and activities.
HOW TO WRITE MEASURABLE LEARNING OUTCOMES
Using Bloom’s revised framework, you'll be able to form measurable learning outcomes using verbs that appropriately correspond with the level of knowledge. Lower-order thinking skills are typically used for concrete knowledge, while high-order thinking skills are typically used for more abstract knowledge.
Writing an effective learning outcome that is measurable involves the structuring of two parts, a verb and an object. The verb phrase describes the intended cognitive process and the noun describes the knowledge students are expected to acquire or construct (Anderson & Krathwohl, 2001).
Remember, Understand, Apply, Analyze, Evaluate, and Create
Factual, Conceptual, Procedural, Metacognitive
verb identifies the observable action and cognitive process.
Articulate the standards for excelling with integrity.
Explanation of the concept, procedure, or skill.
Anderson, L.W. and Krathwohl, D. R. (2001). A taxonomy for learning, teaching and assessing: A revision of Bloom’s
taxonomy of educational objectives. New York: Addison Wesley Longman, Inc.