A Series on Teaching Strategies for Librarians: Teaching Taxonomies (Bloom’s and Perry’s)

This post is part three point one of a fourteen part series, Teaching Strategies, that is based on a series of education workshops. I’m documenting the content for myself, but hopefully it will also be useful to (1) librarians looking for more theoretical background for their own teaching and (2) for librarians looking to better understand education models as they look for new ways to support and participate in the educational missions of their institutions.

Note before we dive in: this post covers a lot of ground, so I’m splitting it in two for your sake! This half addresses just Bloom’s and Perry’s and next week I’ll cover the rest of the taxonomies.

I use the term “taxonomy” for this section because this section is all about ways of thinking organizing and describing the learner experience. This is so useful for teachers, because it can make the learning experience so much more powerful, but it’s often not something that is addressed in information literacy or library instruction classes in library schools.

I’ve tried different ways of teaching this content, but at Wake, my favorite has been a general discussion. I’ve used this presentation in the background and we’ve all just sat around a table and had a discussion driven by the content.

4 thoughts on “A Series on Teaching Strategies for Librarians: Teaching Taxonomies (Bloom’s and Perry’s)

  1. Hi Lauren,

    I just gave a presentation at LOEX of the West talking about our Web evaluation exercise, which draws heavily on cognitive development ideas. It went really well and I think I can turn it into a good article.

  2. I really enjoyed this post! I find Bloom’s Taxonomy to be very helpful when I am writing lesson plans.

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