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where does abstract thought in science lie in Bloom's taxonomy

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Hello

I was wondering where you would position the abstract thought required in science lies in bloom's taxonomy of thinking? By abstract thought I mean the ability to think about intangible things that you can't access by sensory systems such as atoms/electrons etc. This type of thinking doesn't seem to fit any of the higher order thinking levels like synthesis and evaluation but i would class it as a higher order thinking skill.

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Bloom's taxonomy is not a way to classify different types of learning. It is a classification for how deeply or well learned it is.

If you can remember the rules for an abstract idea, but cannot understand, then you are at the remembering level; if you understand why but can't apply it to new problems, then you are at the understanding level, etc, etc.

Now, being able to understand abstract ideas may take more intelligence than being able to apply simple ones would, but Bloom's is about how well you know the topic, not how intelligent you are.
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ok - that makes more sense. I was led to believe it was a bit like Piagetian levels which you progress through stage by stage with age
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