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Taxonomy of Educational Objectives

The Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, Handbook I: Cognitive Domain, a small volume developed to assist college and university examiners, has been transformed over the past half-century into a basic reference for educators worldwide. In addition to testing, evaluation, and assessment specialists, it has been used by curriculum designers, researchers, administrators, and classroom teachers throughout the world at all levels of education. This broad-based use of the taxonomy is consistent with its stated purpose: to facilitate communication among everyone involved in education by providing a common framework with a common language (see, e.g., Anderson & Sosniak, 1994). This entry discusses the origins and objectives of the taxonomy, its structure, criticisms of the taxonomy, and alternative frameworks that are based on it.

The Origins of the Taxonomy

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