Notes and My Opinions All In One Section
Renner says that the point of asking questions is to make students think, not just recite facts. He cites the 6-category hierarchy of questions published by B Bloom in 1956:
- Knowledge (remember facts)
- Comprehension (get the meaning)
- Application (use in concrete situations)
- Analysis (break down material)
- Synthesis (put pieces together)
- Evaluation (judge value for a purpose)
You probably won’t be surprised to hear that I have a problem with these categories and their order. I have a problem with separating the processes of analyzing and synthesizing, I take issue with placing judgment at the top and don’t see why it should be separate from application, and I don’t see “emotion” tied into this anywhere. I suppose this means I should read me some Bloom. I’ll put him on the syllabus (for either this course or a future one) before I start the next paragraph.
The rest of the chapter didn’t particularly resonate with me or tell me anything I don’t know. It was basically advice about Q&A sessions after a lecture. I couldn’t tell where the speaker (it wasn’t Renner, but some other guy I don’t know) was coming from. I had trouble discerning whether the discussion and tips were about classes, ongoing training courses, or one-day speaking gigs. On one hand it’s nice to not impose false categories on adult learning, but on the other hand it was vague advice that reminded me a little of reading a daily horoscope.