Benjamin Bloom was born on 21 February 1913 in Pennsylvania. He was a diminutive man at 5 ft 5 inches but the aura around him made people stand and take notice. His conversations were rich with knowledge and information. Benjamin and Sophie Bloom had two sons, David and Jonathan.
When Bloom worked with Ralf W. Tyler, his mentor at University of Chicago, he focused on the development of specifications through which educational objectives could be organized based on their cognitive complexity.
The American Psychological Association (APA) assigned a task force in the 1950s to generate taxonomy of objectives. Bloom, who headed the task force, and his colleagues developed a taxonomy for three learning styles: Cognitive, Affective, and Psychomotor. They developed Bloom’s taxonomy, the cognitive classification system.
Benjamin Bloom served as University Examiner from 1943 to 1959. He developed tests to test whether the students had acquired the relevant knowledge to receive their bachelor’s degree. Bloom’s Taxonomy (50 years old) continues to be used in various situations to analyze objectives, frame questions, assessments, and test items.
Bloom is often known as the father of outcome-based education. His philosophy is reflected below:
”The highest form of intellect is when an individual no longer believes in right or wrong.”
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