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What is the theory behind Thinking Dice? Print E-mail

What is the Theory behind Thinking Dice?


In line with the Government’s skills framework and the statutory requirement to teach our young learners thinking skills, the dice have been developed using Blooms revised taxonomy of thinking levels.


 Higher order Thinking



  Lower order thinking

taxonomy of the cognitive domain
following Anderson and Krathwohl (2001)


Benjamin Bloom was an educational theorist and teacher who studied the nature of thinking. His taxonomy has been widely used in the field of education since the 1950s. Bloom’s Taxonomy was revised in the 1990’s by a group led by Lorin Anderson, one of Bloom’s former students. The revised version is a more useful tool for teaching thinking skills. "Taxonomy” simply means “classification”. Bloom's revised Taxonomy is a multi-tiered model of classifying thinking according to six cognitive levels of complexity.


The lowest three levels of Blooms revised taxonomy are: remembering, understanding, and applying. The highest three levels are: analysing, evaluating and creating. "The taxonomy is hierarchical in the lower levels, in other words, a pupil functioning at the 'applying' level has also mastered the material at the 'remembering' and 'understanding' levels. It is suggested that one cannot effectively address higher levels until those below them have been covered. It is thus effectively serial in structure, until the higher levels are achieved.



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