A Typology of Questions
Bloom's "Taxonomy of Educational Objectives"
A taxonomy of questions, NOT a classification of educational objectives
Bloom's Cognitive Domain Taxonomy
- Knowledge (simple recall)
- Comprehension (familiar with meaning/can make use)
- Application (applying abstraction to a new example)
- Analysis (break idea into constituent parts)
- Synthesis (creation from existing elements or principles)
- Evaluation (formation and substantiation of a judgment)
Not a complete taxonomy of questions
Rhodes' Typology (copyrighted 1995)
- Content-directed questions (intended to obtain information about subject
- Student-directed questions (intended to obtain personal responses from
- Rhetorical questions (self-expression, obtain effect, or a means of
- Ambiguous questions (intended to obtain information, but the nature
of the question is not clear)
- What is it?
- What kind is it?
- Where is it?
- When is it?
- Who is it?
- How does it work?
- What does it do?
- What does that mean?
- What could that mean?
- What does the writer mean by that?
- What could the writer mean by that?
- Why does it work that way?
- What is the reason for that?
- Why did he do that?
- What was the purpose for that?
- How did it come to be?
- How has it come to be?
- What is done?
- What could be done?
- How is that done?
- Is it done this way?
- Which is the most important?
- Is this more important?
- What is largest?
- Which came first?
- How do these compare?
- How do these contrast?
- What are the facts to support it?
- Where are the data?
- Where is the proof?
- What is the reasoning?
- Is this known?
- How is this known?
- What would happen if?
- What could happen if?
- What could we find out?
- How could we find out?
- Is it any good?
- How good is it?
- What difference does it make?
- So what?
- Conceptual (concerned with meaning)
- Purposive (concerned with purpose)
- Cognitive (concerned with thought)
- Affective (concerned with feelings)
- Evaluative (concerned with values)
- Preferential (concerned with likes & dislikes)
- Imperative (Would you stop talking?)
- Declarative (Isn't that nice?)
- Exclamatory (How could you?)
- Affirmational (Right? Okay?)
- Would you explain that? (what or whose explanation?)
- How do we do that? (what or whose procedure?)
Are there any questions? (About what? Whose questions?)
- What is your problem?
- Where were you born? (In a barn?)
- How did you get in here? (Though an open window?)
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