What is the contextual significance of Bloom's taxonomy in the field of education?

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Bloom's taxonomy can be an important tool in differentiating between students who have widely varying comprehension and skill levels. Teachers can do an initial assessment to see where students fall on this taxonomy. Then, they can have students work to master the level they are already at, and the students can proceed to higher levels when they have mastered that particular aspect of the taxonomy. In this way, the same basic content can be taught, but instruction can be more individualized based on each of their varying skill levels.

For example, a literature teacher could have all of the students in a classroom read the same story. He or she could then tailor the questions to suit a particular student's ability using the verbs supplied by the taxonomy scale. A student who registers low on the scale could be asked to describe or explain something, while a student whose skill level is higher could be asked to compare and contrast something. Ideally, the teacher should include questions that work on the student's current level of understanding and also incorporate questions that are on the next level up in the taxonomy. This prevents students from feeling discouraged and giving up. It also bolsters confidence and challenges students in a way that is not overwhelming.

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Bloom’s taxonomy is extremely important in the context of education because it tells teachers a great deal about the order in which they must teach so that they can get their students to succeed in higher level thinking.

In education, it is very important to get our students to do something more than just knowing facts.  There are some educational systems in which rote memorization of facts is encouraged, but the American system does not feel that this level of knowledge is sufficient.

Bloom’s taxonomy is significant because it lays out a framework for understanding the different levels of learning.  Bloom tells us that students must master lower levels of learning before they can attempt more complicated tasks.  For example, before we try to get students to apply their knowledge, they need to gain knowledge and understanding of a given idea.  It would be too frustrating to students to try to ask them to apply the knowledge before they know and understand the material.

In other words, Bloom’s taxonomy shows us the order in which we must teach our students various things so that they can reach the higher levels of thinking that we want them to achieve.

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