What is the Thinking Level of a question?

We invite you to read the file’s Excel sheet named ‘Thinking Level’.

In 1956, American educational psychologist Benjamin Samuel Bloom strove to create a system for explaining the progression of steps for learning. His book, "Taxonomy of Educational Objectives: The Classification of Educational Goals" showed a way to categorize reasoning skills based on the amount of critical thinking involved.

In Bloom's Taxonomy, there are six levels of skills rank ed in order from the most basic to the most complex. Each level of skill is associated with a verb, as learning is an action.bloom

Objective assessments (multiple-choice, matching, fill in the blank) tend to focus only on the two lowest levels of Bloom's Taxonomy: remembering and understanding. Subjective assessments (essay responses, experiments, portfolios, performances) tend to measure the higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy: applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating.

The Excel sheet enumerates the verbs you can use on your thinking when creating the questions.

Make sure you create questions according to the thinking level proposed by your Learning Consultant.

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