Developing a computer science-specific learning taxonomy

Ursula Fuller, Colin G Johnson, Tuukka Ahomiemi, Diana Cukierman, Isidoro Hernán-Losada, Jana Jackova, Essi Lahtinen, Tracy L Lewis, Donna McGee Thompson, Charles Riedesel, Errol Thompson

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Abstract Bloom's taxonomy of the cognitive domain and the SOLO taxonomy are being increasingly widely used in the design and assessment of courses, but there are some drawbacks to their use in computer science. This paper reviews the literature on educational taxonomies and their use in computer science education, identifies some of the problems that arise, proposes a new taxonomy and discusses how this can be used in application-oriented courses such as programming.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152
Number of pages170
JournalSIGCSE Bulletin Inroads
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
EventITiCSE-WGR '07 Working group reports on ITiCSE on Innovation and technology in computer science education - University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Jun 200727 Jun 2007


  • computer science education
  • taxonomies of learning
  • curricula
  • assessment
  • credit transfer
  • benchmarking


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