Saturday, September 3, 2011

Analysis using Blooms Taxonomy

The motive was to analyse a question paper according to Bloom's Taxonomy.
 
 S No.
Question
Comments
Type
1
Analyze the following situation and answer the following questions.
Situation
1) Interpret the function of language used.
2) Elaborate that function.
3) Elaborate that function according to this situation.
The question involves a complex of various levels of Bloom Taxonomy. Part 1 demands the analysis of the situation. Part 2 demands the comprehension and knowledge level. And part 3 requires the application of knowledge about functions of language to this particular situation.
Knowledge
Comprehension
Application
Analysis
2
Explain the following in few words:-
Method, Approach, CLT, DM Role of learner in GTM etc.
The question is an objective type question which is demanding very little, i.e. only the knowledge of the terms asked. There may be some comprehension involved as well as in Role of Learner in GTM.
Knowledge
Comprehension
3
Select and explain the best method you think suitable in Pakistani Govt. Schools.
The question is demanding a knowledge level of evaluation. The student has to select a method and to judge it w.r.t. the given criteria i.e. to be able to use in local context.
Apart from the above view if the student does not see the current available methods suitable he’ll obviously try to devise a new method.
Thus we can see here evaluation and synthesis.
Evaluation
Synthesis
4
Write a comprehensive note on CLT.
The question is demanding understanding of a comprehension level.
Comprehension
5
The aims of linguistic analysis are _______________.
The question only demands a knowledge level as student has to imitate the original.
Knowledge
6
Speech Act theory was introduced by _____________.
The question demands the knowledge level.
Knowledge
7
Prove true or false logically that linguistics is prescriptive not descriptive.
The student has to compare two concepts logically thus the question involves analysis as well as evaluation of the concepts.
Analysis
Evaluation
8
“Young scholars are solving the paper”. Analyze the sentence according to phrase structure grammar.
The question involves an understanding level of Application as well as Analysis. The student will apply the principles of PS Grammar to analyze the sentence.
Application
Analysis
9
“Peterson’s, the publisher of a guide to four-year colleges, said yesterday that from now on it will disclose to readers that schools pay for extra information about themselves in the book.” Divide the sentence into clauses and describe each clause’s function.
The question is also of an analysis and application level question. The student has to recall all the principles about clauses and then apply them to the sentence to identify the clauses and then describe their function.
Application
Analysis
10
Construct a story from the following outline.
Outline
The outlines are just parts of a whole structure. The student will have to focus on these parts and using his imagination he will be able to write a story. So this question involves the construction of a new structure and is of a synthesis level question.
Synthesis
11
Use these idioms and words in your own sentences meaningfully.
Idioms, Words etc.
The question involves the student’s understanding of the meaning, as well as the application of the grammatical knowledge to form sentences and at the same time we can see the formation of new structure from sub-parts i.e. the words or idiomatic phrases. So here we have levels of Knowledge, Comprehension, Application and Synthesis involved.
Knowledge
Comprehension
Application
Synthesis
12
There is no relation between materials and learning. Prove this statement true or false logically.
Here the student has to evaluate the relation between the given concepts to prove the statement true or false. Thus here we have evaluation, analysis and comprehension levels involved.
Comprehension
Analysis
Evaluation
Most of the questions are collected from various papers of linguistics’ courses taught in the same university. It is clear that first three levels are easy to find. Almost all objective questions i.e. fill in the blanks, true/false and MCQs can come under these three basic levels of understanding. Last three levels involve essay type questions.  Questions involve more than one understanding level, as it can be seen above, so the number of questions is decreased to 12 instead of an exact number of (6X3) 18.

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