Curriculum Outcome Therapy
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Curriculum Outcome Therapy

Your competencies may not need to see a therapist, but chances are they could benefit from a quick analysis using Bloom’s cognitive levels. The advantages of analyzing include:

  • You clarify your intent
  • You determine if competencies are had a high enough or low enough level
  • You get clues about sequencing your competencies
  • You have direction for choosing evaluation strategies

You consider the full range of possible learning outcomes.

Take a look at student learning outcomes in your courses and compare them to the cognitive domain levels below.  For a low-level course, you might weigh in with many competencies at the remembering and understanding levels.  For a higher level course, you’ll want to bring in the higher order thinking skills of analyzing, evaluating and creating.

  1. Remembering – Requires learners to recall previously learned material. Use verbs such as: list, identify, name, state, define, record, etc.

    Bloom's Cognitive Levels
  2. Understanding – Requires learners to grasp the meaning of material. Use verbs such as: discuss, explain, describe, summarize, etc.
  3. Applying – Requires learners to use learned material in new and concrete situations. Use verbs such as: demonstrate, apply, use, produce, solve, interpret, etc.
  4. Analyzing – Requires learners to break down material in to component parts and describe relationships. Use verbs such as: compare, differentiate, examine, relate, etc.
  5. Evaluating – Requires learners to judge or assess material based on clearly defined criteria. Use verbs such as: justify, assess, select, rate, etc.
  6. Creating – Requires learners to put together new material. Use verbs such as: develop, compose, design, revise, etc.

If your content includes skills in the psychomotor or affective domain, use the same analysis. WIDS give you easy ways to select your domains and levels.

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