Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
In October, 2016, The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) launched the Body of Knowledge 3 Task Committee (BOK3TC), and in 2017 an update on the task committee’s work was reported at the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition in Columbus, OH. That presentation and paper provided a summary of the findings of the committee following critical reviews of published literature and an initial survey of constituents. Based on these findings, the BOK3TC determined that a Third Edition of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge (BOK3) was justified and warranted, and outlined a series of next steps to develop the BOK3.
Part of the process for BOK3 included developing revised rubrics for the outcomes and this involved revisiting the cognitive domain of Bloom’s Taxonomy. This paper discusses the deliberate effort of the committee to develop more clear and more concise cognitive domain outcome statements that better reflect the levels in Bloom’s Taxonomy with the appropriate verbs at each level. Another major consideration for the committee was to be less prescriptive in the outcome statements.
The committee first debated which educational taxonomy to use and considered the original Bloom’s Taxonomy, the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy, and at least one other variation of Bloom’s Taxonomy. The committee concluded that the original Bloom’s Taxonomy was the most appropriate for BOK3 and discussion on this selection process will be presented.
When critically reviewing the BOK2, the committee concluded that some of the outcome statements only loosely followed definitions for the cognitive domain levels and that several active verbs were used at two different levels which possibly created some confusion in communicating those outcomes. The committee felt there was a great opportunity to improve the application. The definitions of each level of Bloom’s taxonomy and the definitions for all of the verbs, as well as insights and the rationale for the selection of the various verbs will be discussed.
COORDINATING NOTE: This draft paper is submitted at the specific invitation and request of Tom Lenox, the coordinator of the ASCE Liaison Committee’s session(s) for the CE Division of ASEE in 2018. It should be considered for inclusion in the session “Educational & Professional Issues of Strategic Importance to the Civil Engineering Profession – and ASCE.” that Tom Lenox is organizing.
Hains, D. B., & Fridley, K. J., & Nolen, L., & Barry, B. E. (2018, June), Revising the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge (BOK): The Application of the Cognitive Domain of Bloom’s Taxonomy Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30939
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