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ERIC Number: EJ1054875
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2324-805X
Using Action Verbs as Learning Outcomes: Applying Bloom's Taxonomy in Measuring Instructional Objectives in Introductory Psychology
Nevid, Jeffrey S.; McClelland, Nate
Journal of Education and Training Studies, v1 n2 p19-24 Oct 2013
We used a set of action verbs based on Bloom's taxonomy to assess learning outcomes in two college-level introductory psychology courses. The action verbs represented an acronym, IDEA, comprising skills relating to identifying, defining or describing, evaluating or explaining, and applying psychological knowledge. Exam performance demonstrated that higher level cognitive skills in Bloom's taxonomy represented by the action verbs "evaluating" and "explaining" were the most difficult for students to acquire and also showed the highest item discrimination index in differentiating between better and poorer students. This study provides a heuristic framework for evaluating areas of relative strength and weakness in acquired skills in college coursework.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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