Bloom’s Taxonomy in a Medical Practice

Photo Credit: Wesley Fryer
Photo Credit: Wesley Fryer

During my MBA, I ran across something called Bloom’s Taxonomy; which is a classification of learning objectives educators set for students. Bloom’s Taxonomy is often depicted as a stairway, whereas students are able to attain a higher level of “thinking.” In almost all circumstances when an instructor desires to move a group of students through a learning process utilizing an organized framework, Bloom’s Taxonomy can prove helpful. This taxonomy of learning behaviors can be thought of as the goals of the training process.

Here are the different objectives in Bloom’s Taxonomy:

REMEMBER – The learner must be able to recall information, such as dates, events, places, ideas, definitions, formulas, theories, etc.

UNDERSTAND – The learner must be able to grasp the meaning of the information, express it in their own words, and/or cite examples.

APPLY – The learner must be able to use or apply knowledge or skills to new situations.  The learner must be able to use information and knowledge to solve a problem, answer a question, or perform another task.

ANALYZE – The learner must be able to break down knowledge into parts, and show and explain the relationships among the parts.

EVALUATE – The learner must be able to judge or assess the value of material and methods for a given purpose.

CREATE – The learner must be able to pull together parts of knowledge to form a new whole and build relationships for new situations.

In our pediatric office, we are always learning. Pharma reps come by daily with new information about their products. Our admin staff is always trying to keep up with new rules, policies and the likes. Billers are trying to remember and keep up with crazy insurance rules; and management is always coming up with new ideas to implement or  wanting the staff to use new equipment which generally add to the complexities.

However, understanding how to properly create a organized framework of learning, we can achieve better results training our staff to have knowledge, good judgment and keen insight.

Do you think something like Bloom’s Taxonomy can be helpful when training employees? Or do you think this is MBA blah, blah, blah?

To read more about BloomsList you can go here and here.

3 thoughts on “Bloom’s Taxonomy in a Medical Practice”

  1. &NOTE: implemented in a Learning Facility’s setting (the core principles and fundamentals for practice – def. of PRACTICE … ) that goes to show that when in a contracted and organizational structure that their basis are not PRACTICE but are written in stone until mandated.

  2. This is not MBA blah blah. You have fallen upon a best practice in instructional design. There are of course other models of levels of learning and measuring learning, but Blooms is quite famous and foundational to the field of education, instructional design, training, performance evaluation, performance improvement, organizational development, and training program evaluation of quality.

    Though you may not think you will be directly involved in “training,” you will find as a supervisor that a good amount of your time should be spent on making sure your subordinates know what you want them to do. Thus, you’ll discover that having them memorize some babble is hardly helpful. Usually, they can look-up a fact, but being able to think properly about a problem, respond appropriately, devise solutions, etc. is the tricky part.

    You may already feel frustrated by your college education which relied most heavily on memorization (multiple-choice questioning for this is common) as it has little to do with real work. Alas, it is MUCH harder to develop assessments that measure the higher levels of learning.

    Kudos to you for your intellectual curiosity!

Comments are closed.