Classification (Education)

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  • Although there is overlap in some content areas, classification schemes in education are generally structured along the lines of taxonomies and typologies. Taxonomies are rational, law-based, observed interrelationships. Often, but not always, taxonomies are hierarchical in nature, and the taxonomical units, referred to as taxa (singular taxon), are applied in a parent-child scheme. The most famous taxonomy is the Linnaean biological system, which is a binomial system based on formal taxonomic ranks: kingdom, phylum, class, and so forth.

    Though less structured than the biological system, there are a number of taxonomies of learning outcomes, including those of Gagne and Bloom. These taxonomies classify learning outcomes based on their rational relationships. They serve as bases for analyses for purposes of assessment and the systematic design of learning ...

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