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ERIC Number: EJ944849
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1306-3065
Levels of Cognitive Processes in a Non-Formal Science Education Program: Scouting's Science Merit Badges and the Revised Bloom's Taxonomy
Vick, Matthew; Garvey, Michael P.
International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, v6 n2 p173-190 Apr 2011
The United States Boy Scout merit badge program provides non-formal educational experiences for boys from ages 10-17. This study analyzes the objectives of the twenty-three science related merit badges using the lens of the revised Bloom's taxonomy. Merit badges requirements serve as objectives for this program. The verbs in the requirements were classified according to the revised taxonomy. Patterns were then analyzed within the merit badges, within the verbiage of the requirements, and across the entire science merit badge program. Overall, remembering and applying cognitive processes were emphasized the most. Recommendations are made for improving the clarity of merit badge requirements for Scouting and other non-formal educational programs. (Contains 7 tables.)
International Consortium for the Advancement of Academic Publication. Abant Izzet Baysal University, Faculty of Education, 14280 Golkoy-Bolu, Turkey. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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