One might safely conclude that all educators (and everyone involved in education) are familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy. Mention of the taxonomy at a recent ESF Governance meeting, along with the Chicago Cubs winning the Series for the first time in 108 years, have caused me to reflect about the passing of one of my teachers, Chicago native and University of Chicago alumn, Dr. David Krathwohl.
Dave has been, in effect, the silent partner in one of the most pervasive tools in education. Dave was a co-author of Benjamin Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives: Cognitive Domain, senior author of Taxonomy of Educational Objectives: Affective Domain, and co-editor with Lorin Anderson of A Taxonomy for Learning, Teaching, and Assessing: A Revision of Bloom’s “Taxonomy of Educational Objectives.”
I was grateful for the opportunity to take courses with Dave, and for him to be one of my three dissertation committee members. My colleagues and I appreciated his accomplishments and contributions and, at the same time, we were inspired by his his passion, kindness and encouragement.
Nick Smith, who co-authored with David, How to Prepare a Dissertation Proposal, reminisced with me recently about David’s lifelong devotion to students, colleagues, and scholarship. Thanks, Nick – and thanks, Dave – you remain a valued teacher and mentor.