Wheel Taxonomies

In my book I have a section about matrix taxonomies and the limitations on how much information they can contain without some clever design. The “verb wheel” below based on Bloom’s Taxonomy of educational objectives, is one of those clever designs. Designed by Ken Halla and Dan Moirao of California State, it manages to capture three elements in just two dimensions: the hierarchy of Bloom’s Taxonomy, the verbs to express learner cognitive outcomes, and nouns that express possible learner products that would make evidence for those cognitive abilities. Very simple, very neat. Of course, wheel taxonomies are quite ancient, being used in Aztec stone calendars combining astrology with calendars and compasses and totemology, as well as in the I Ching and other zodiacal instruments.

Thanks to Kong Heng Sun for this tip.


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