This week’s seminar involved a ranking exercise, a higher order cognitive task in Bloom’s taxonomy. We were required to complete some sentence stems about materials and rank them. It proved to be far more challenging than I, and my group imagined and we found it impossible to rank the sentences about materials.
The sentences exposed our underlying beliefs about the function and purpose of materials. It also further exposed how unprincipled our beliefs were and, similar to beliefs in teaching, our approach to creating materials did not necessarily match our stated beliefs.
I think this loose understanding of our own beliefs in materials may lead to problems later on when evaluating materials. We have baggage regarding the the effectiveness of published materials, but cannot clearly articulate which of our beliefs that the evaluated materials impinge upon.