Benjamin S. Bloom: Portraits of an Educator

Benjamin S. Bloom: Portraits of an Educator

by Thomas R. Guskey
     
 

ISBN-10: 1578862434

ISBN-13: 9781578862436

Pub. Date: 08/28/2005

Publisher: R&L Education

Few individuals in the history of education have had greater impact on educational policy and practice than Benjamin S. Bloom. During a career that spanned over five decades, his research and writing guided the development of innumerable educational programs and provided powerful insights into the untapped potential of educators to help all students learn well.

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Few individuals in the history of education have had greater impact on educational policy and practice than Benjamin S. Bloom. During a career that spanned over five decades, his research and writing guided the development of innumerable educational programs and provided powerful insights into the untapped potential of educators to help all students learn well. Benjamin S. Bloom spent most of his professional life at the University of Chicago, where he held the Charles H. Swift Distinguished Service endowed chair. At this university, he founded and chaired the program in Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistical Analysis (or MESA), authored or co-authored 17 books, and wrote numerous journal articles. He served as the president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), a member of the National Academy of Education, and a founding member of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). Also the recipient of several awards, perhaps his greatest accomplishment was the profound influence he had on his students and professional colleagues. Much of his time was spent in one-to-one interactions with them, which have become known as "Bloom Stories" and have gained legendary status. Many of the "Bloom Stories" are humorous and show his amazing quick wit. Others recall the kindness and encouragement, and subtle wisdom he showed in helping students and colleagues overcome obstacles or setbacks. No matter what the topic, Benjamin Bloom's stories are touching remembrances that offer special insight into his uniqueness as a preeminent scholar, colleague, mentor, and friend. This book is a collection of these stories, with brief reviews of some of Bloom's major professional contributions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578862436
Publisher:
R&L Education
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Pages:
178
Product dimensions:
6.92(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

1Unlimited expectations1
2"Typically, we will find ..."3
3It's more than numbers5
4The early years7
5Strength in simplicity10
6The best in the world12
7Using time wisely16
8The University of Chicago's Board of Examinations18
9In the shadow of greatness21
10Making expectations clear23
11Problem-solving processes of college students25
12The father of Israeli curriculum reform28
13An itinerate traveler32
14A constant encourager35
15Taxonomy of educational objectives, handbook 1 : the cognitive domain38
16The origins of the Taxonomy45
17Ideas ahead of their time47
18A powerful influence in Africa49
19Stability and change in human characteristics51
20Multiple approaches and tenacity55
21On publishing58
22Not every effort is a success60
23Compensatory education for cultural deprivation62
24A man of principle65
25An uncompromising commitment to excellence68
26Rites of passage70
27Sophie's influence73
28"Learning for mastery"74
29Audacity of imagination82
30An appreciation of arguments85
31In his own words87
32Honored in one's homeland90
33A grand vision92
34Collaborative leadership94
35Human characteristics and school learning99
36The man who hated the normal curve105
37A powerful influence on Japanese education109
38High expectations for all112
39Keeping things in perspective115
40The 2 sigma problem : the search for methods of group instruction as effective as one-to-one tutoring116
41Always consider the audience120
42You are a student of Benjamin Bloom?122
43A sensitive mentor126
44Different approaches to understanding128
45Developing talent in young people130
46New views of "giftedness"135
47Subtle humor138
48Unique traveling rituals139
49A productive career144
50The Benjamin S. Bloom dissertation fellowship146
App. AWritings of Benjamin S. Bloom147
App. BWritings about Benjamin S. Bloom and his work153
App. CDoctoral dissertation students of Benjamin S. Bloom157
App. DDoctoral dissertation committees of Benjamin S. Bloom163
References : works other than those of Benjamin S. Bloom167

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