Understand the basics of different education taxonomies and comment on some of their strengths and weaknesses.

While Bloom’s might the most famous (the most quoted and least read text in education according to Benjamin Bloom), there are other taxonomies that can help us get a better sense of what we ask students to do and what could help them learn more. These are not recipes, of course; these are reference tools that support reflecting on our pedagogical, didactic and evaluative choices.

You could perhaps start your exploration with these videos:

Aiming Higher: Bloom & Vygotsky In the Classroom
Marc-André Lalande, 10:18, 2012

 (Webb’s Depth of Knowledge)
Rose Marsh, 4:03, 2012


SAMR in 120 seconds
Candace M, 1:59, 2013
While the SAMR model is more of a framework fo technology
integration into teaching activities, it does help in thinking
about different levels of learning activites as a proper

Here’s a list of educational taxonomies you might want to explore:

  • Lorin W. Anderson & als, A Taxonomy for Learning, Teaching and Assessing
  • Benjamin Bloom, Taxonomy of Educational Objectives
  • Antoine Bodin, taxonomie pour les mathématiques (in French)
  • Louis d’Hainaut, Taxonomie des activités intellectuelles (in French)
  • Robert J. Marzano and John S. Kendall, The New Taxonomy of Education Objectives
  • Norman L. Webb, Depth of Knowledge