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Venn: Is it Analysis? A Blog Post from Dr Shelagh Gallagher

Posted on: 09/16/2013

Bloom’s taxonomy (and its re-articulation by Anderson et al.) contains a wealth of detailed information about different levels of thinking. Unfortunately, the taxonomy is rarely presented in enough depth to appreciate its nuances. The purpose of this posting is to take a closer look at Analysis.

A picture of two balloons, one blue and one orange, hangs on the bulletin board. Children have empty Venn diagrams on their desks. Their job: compare and contrast. They get to work. The first bits of dissection are easy: orange and blue go in separate sections of the Venn. Both balloons are knotted, this fact is listed in the overlapping space. So do the words ‘same size.’ Then the children hit a brief impasse until someone realizes that they can go further if they ask some questions: Are the balloons made of the same material? Are they filled with the same gas? Is one, perhaps, filled with water? The questions help them see beyond physical features and recognize that there is more to the balloons than meets the eye.Bloom’s taxonomy (and its re-articulation by Anderson et al.) contains a wealth of detailed information about different levels of thinking. Unfortunately, the taxonomy is rarely presented in enough depth to appreciate its nuances. The purpose of this posting is to take a closer look at Analysis.

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