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date: 19 October 2021

Taxonomies of Educational Objectives as Bases for Curriculum Planninglocked

Taxonomies of Educational Objectives as Bases for Curriculum Planninglocked

  • Lorin W. AndersonLorin W. AndersonDistringuished Professor Emeritus of Education, University of South Carolina


Benjamin Bloom’s vision of a taxonomy of educational objectives was very ambitious; it could bring order out of chaos, facilitate meaningful descriptions of educational programs and experiences, enable the development of theories and research studies, and improve teacher training in part by “orienting [teachers] to the varied possibilities of education” (emphasis by the author). Since the 1950s, numerous taxonomies have been developed, most in the cognitive domain, but also a few in the affective and psychomotor domains. During these seven decades the relationship between taxonomies of educational objectives and curriculum scholars and curriculum workers has been quite complex and, often, difficult. Claims have been made for both the potential of taxonomies for curriculum development and for the harm that taxonomies, particularly cognitive taxonomies, can do (and, some would say, have done) to curriculum theory and practice.


  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Research and Assessment Methods
  • Educational Theories and Philosophies

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