Interpretation of Bloom's Taxonomy

Here is some information to help clarify the terms that you may be using in your papers. It is important that you understand the similarities and differences amongst these terms. Too often, students will misuse the terms and as a result have not addressed the assignment correctly.

Analyze: To analyze is to divide a topic into smaller pieces. It is discover the how and why as opposed to the what, which is simply a summary. An analysis connects the microscopic observations back to the whole. It is used to find underlying structures or to determine the classification of theories and/or models. 

Evaluate: To evaluate is to critically look at the scope and objective of the material. To look at how current the information is and to assess the accuracy of the methodology used by the researcher as stated in the journal. It can be used to assess specific criteria  or to prioritize data.

Compare & Contrast: To compare and contrast is to address what is similar and what is different. The best way to approach this is to begin with a Venn diagram. If the following theorists A, B, and C are placed in a Venn Diagram, we can clearly see which area is similar and which area is different. 

It is also very useful, if not necessary, to show how two or more items are similar and/or different through the use of a table.

Examine: To examine is to critically inspect the details of a particular theory or model to better understand it. An analysis can be part of an examination. An examination can be used to see how theories relate to each other, to look for solutions, or to generate a new hypothesis. 

Identify: To identify is simply to pick out specifics of a particular theory, model, theorists, etc. Identification is a high level of inquiry and does not get into the specifics. It can be used to simply recognize the theorists or theories in a particular field of thought.

Digital Bloom’s

(Penney, S. (2012). Digital Bloom’s.  http://www.usi.edu/distance/bdt.htm).

(Penney, S. (2012). Digital Bloom’s.  http://www.usi.edu/distance/bdt.htm).