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Are there simple summaries of Bloom's Taxonomy? In this article, we refer to summaries from a school and local authority. We also look at how Bloom's Taxonomy is used in lesson planning in schools.

What is Bloom's Taxonomy?

Bloom’s Taxonomy was developed in 1956 by Benjamin Bloom and a team of educators. It is a cognitive model explaining the levels of thinking seen as important to the process of learning.

In 2001, a number of changes were made to Bloom’s original Taxonomy - this updated version is often referred to as the 'revised Taxonomy'. The revised Taxonomy ranges from lower-level thinking abilities to higher-order thinking abilities, and has six components:

  • Remembering
  • Understanding
  • Applying
  • Analysing
  • Evaluating
  • Creating

Bloom’s Taxonomy, Vanderbilt University


From a local authority

The Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, often called Bloom's Taxonomy, is a classification of the different objectives and skills that educators set for students. Bloom's Taxonomy divides educational objectives into three domains: affective, psychomotor, and cognitive ... within each domain are different levels of learning, with higher levels considered more complex and closer to complete mastery of the subject matter. A goal of Bloom's

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