The New Bloom

This is the Bloom’s Taxonomy that I learned in college years ago:

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 Is it still valid for today’s students?

Not according to a recent post in U Tech Tips blog. In 2001, Anderson and Krathwohl adapted Bloom’s model to fit the needs of today’s students.

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In this new taxomony, knowledge has been converted to remember and is still the lowest. In addition, the highest level of development is now create rather than evaluate.

What does this mean for law school professors? And more importantly, how does technology fit in the new Bloom taxonomy?

According to Paul Ferber at Vermont Law School, Bloom’s taxonomy should be used to establish objectives for law school courses and to create assessment tools that reflect the types and levels of learning established in these objectives.

As I  visit classes, I know this to be true at Albany Law School.  Professors do not want students to memorize and but to be able to “think” and “apply” what they have heard in class and read in their textbooks.

However, if for today’s students, “create” is a higher order thinking skill above “evaluate”,  then students must be given opportunities to “create” in addition to “evaluate.”

The circle below gives examples of how students can “evaluate” and “create”:


Here’s another illustration:

Evaluating: can the student justify a stand or decision? appraise, argue, defend, judge, select, support, value, evaluate
Creating: can the student create new product or point of view? assemble, construct, create, design, develop, formulate, write.

It is obvious that in law school, opportunities for students to “evaluate” and “create” exist

and technology fits in!!

 Creating PowerPoint slideshows and role play videos, sharing in TWEN discussions, participating in blogs and wikis all allow students to defend, judge, support, evaluate, design, develop and write about law-related topics.


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