Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor

Gerald Aungst, Edutopia, Sept 06, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Just another example of a case in education research where a pointless taxonomy is developed and named after someone (one wonders how far education would advance if this practice were no longer allowed). Webb's "Depth of Knowledge" taxonomy is purported to "categorize tasks according to the complexity of thinking required to successfully complete them." In this case, "complexity" appears to be a completely arbitrary measure, especially as it applies to the difference between "strategic thinking" and "extended thinking". It feels like a really artificial effort to reproduce Bloom's taxonomy, complete with verb lists. Why is this stuff in Edutopia? I wish I knew.

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