An Evaluative Calculus Project: Applying Bloom’s Taxonomy to the Calculus Classroom

Every so often, I’ll publicize through this blog an interesting article that I’ve found in the mathematics or mathematics education literature that can be freely distributed to the general public. Today, I’d like to highlight Gizem Karaali (2011) An Evaluative Calculus Project: Applying Bloom’s Taxonomy to the Calculus Classroom, PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies, 21:8, 719-731, DOI: 10.1080/10511971003663971

Here’s the abstract:

In education theory, Bloom’s taxonomy is a well-known paradigm to describe domains of learning and levels of competency. In this article I propose a calculus capstone project that is meant to utilize the sixth and arguably the highest level in the cognitive domain, according to Bloom et al.: evaluation. Although one may assume that mathematics is a value-free discipline, and thus the mathematics classroom should be exempt from focusing on the evaluative aspect of higher-level cognitive processing, I surmise that we as mathematics instructors should consider incorporating such components into our courses. The article also includes a brief summary of my observations and a discussion of my experience during the Fall 2008 semester, when I used the project described here in my Calculus I course.

The full article can be found here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10511971003663971

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