I took the photo-essay question to our resident expert on Bloom's
and we got into a discussion. She thought it was Synthesis because you are "creating" something new or putting parts together in a new way. I was pushing Application because you are taking photos/illustrations, putting them into a logical order, and retelling things you have already learned. We came to an impasse. She told me that I should take this to a higher power - our true "expert" on Bloom's Dodie Merritt and this is what I received back from her:
Seriously? Cognitive focus of the task? I was not an education major and don't have the background to delve into cognitive focus. I read the email a couple of times and decided to ignore the first part and concentrate on the second: "Photographic Essay... most likely Application." Woohoo! I was right! I immediately forwarded this to our resident expert to show off my "win." This was meant in a fun way, I wasn't trying to rub it in or anything. :) Trust me, she's been right so many more times than I have when it comes to these types of things that I deserve the win. She is still our resident expert but I'm creeping up on her!!Tyler --
What's the cognitive focus of the task? If it's to demonstrate understanding, then Application. If a new and different understanding of the cognitive focus develops from changing or combining key elements, then Synthesis.
Photographic Essay ... most likely Application.
Sometimes there are clear answers and sometimes not. No matter how much we think we know about something, there will always be times when we have to ask questions. Ask your resident expert, pose the question to a group of colleagues, or ask me! Post any questions you have and I will help in any way possible.
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