Dee Fink's Taxonomy of Significant Learning

As we learned during his April 2012 vist to BYU-Idaho, Dee Fink advocates the expression of learning outcomes in terms of his six-part taxonomy.

  • Foundational Knowledge - Understanding and remembering information and ideas.
    • Students will recognize and understand legal terminology.
    • Acquire in-depth knowledge of key concepts of virology.
  • Application - Skills; critical, creative, and practical thinking; managing projects.
    • Students will be able to compare and contrast opposing legal principles, choose a position and defend it.
    • Students  will demonstrate teamwork in preparing a complex project.
  • Integration - Connecting ideas, people, realms of life.
    • Students will be able to apply legal principles to the accounting field.
    • Assess the contributions of virology to advances in science and medicine.
  • Human Dimension - Learning about oneself, others.
    • Students use reflection and team feedback to identify areas where they have strengths and areas that need improvement.
    • Value the group learning environment.
  • Caring - Developing new feelings, interests, values.
    • Students will want to apply legal and ethical knowledge to life events.
    • Understand the impact of viral disease on individuals and populations.
  • Learning How to Learn - Becoming a better student; inquiring about a subject; self-directing learners.
    • Students will be able to do reasearch to assess and apply court cases to legal issues.
    • Learn to think as a scientist.

Additional information from Dr. Fink's time with us is available here