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Amanda Henry Mar 19, 2018 8:43:00 AM 2 min read

How Should You Train Industrial Skills? Bloom’s Taxonomy [Infographics]

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In 1956, Dr. Benjamin Bloom chaired a committee that created what became referred to as Bloom’s Taxonomy. Bloom’s Taxonomy is a set of three hierarchical models used to classify educational learning objectives into levels of complexity and specificity. The three overarching models for learning objectives exist in cognitive, effective and sensory domains. The cognitive domain model, the model most people are familiar with, has been the primary focus of most traditional education and is frequently used to structure curriculum learning objectives, assessments and activities. It contains six levels of objectives: Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, and Creation.

One of the underlying questions posed to establish the cognitive levels of objectives is

To what level of understanding am I aiming to educate the student on the subject of ________________________?

Bloom's Taxonomy is observed well with the nonacademic Cone of Experience from Dale Edgar. The Cone of Experience is a comprehensive look at the components of active and passive learning.

Download both Infographics here, then continue reading!

We believe smart training decisions "begin with the end in mind" (one of Franklin Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People).  Ask the following question

  • What industrial activities do my personnel need to be better educated about?
  • To what level of understanding am I aiming to teach this subject to my team?

As you develop your understanding of managing training decisions, you will learn more about how to analyze the various roles in your company by the level of understanding those roles require of certain subjects. 

As a simple example, let's quickly evaluate the level of understanding required of a few topics for WELDERS:

Topic 1 Knowledge 2 Comprehension 3 Application 4 Analysis 5 Evaluation 6 Creation
Welding Pipe           X
Fall Protection Use     X      
Rigging & Lifting Activities         X  


Your teams will help you understand the level of competency that they need to have on a given topic or work activity. But learning how to quantify those levels in a framework, like Bloom's Taxonomy, is very helpful so that you know what sort of training quality and delivery method you are looking for.

To keep these ideas top-of-mind in the training department, download our Bloom Infographics.


If you are interested in speaking with a Training Solutions Adviser about implementing ideas from Bloom’s Taxonomy into your next crane, rigging, or lift planning training course call 800.727.6355 or email today.


Amanda Henry

Amanda began her career at ITI in January 2018. She has a bachelor's degree from Washington State University in Social Sciences with a primary focus in communications and a secondary focus in Psychology. As Marketing Specialist, Amanda’s responsibilities include content creation, ad campaign management, and monitoring and reporting on customer satisfaction.