Benjamin S. Bloom: Portraits of an Educator

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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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Editorial Reviews

Lorin W. Anderson
Almost every educator knows that Benjamin Bloom was the author of the Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. Most know that he was responsible for the development of mastery learning.There are many sources of information about Ben Bloom, the professional educator. Tom Guskey has done a wonderful job of assembling a set of stories that help us understand the human dimension of this remarkable thinker and truly appreciate Ben Bloom, the man.
Judith Monsaas
This book is an important reminder to today’s scholars and researchers that many current ideas are not new. Guskey has assembled an wonderful array of stories portraying Bloom the scholar and Bloom the man that remind us of his contributions to many of the current lines of research today. This book is an important reminder of Professor Bloom’s contribution to many of the major themes in research today. His early work led to the support for the Head Start Program, the first cross-international achievement studies and the view that both the family and school are necessary for student learning. Working together, he fully believed that all students can learn what we have to teach them in K-12 schools. The combination of personal and professional stories in Guskey’s volume remind us what a truly remarkable man Benjamin Bloom was.
Bob Jennings
“I really enjoyed Benjamin S. Bloom: Portraits of an Educator. This book has gotten me more interested in Dr. Bloom and, in fact, I purchased three more books that were written by him, simply due to your book. I have a full-time job and am pursuing a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and though I am not a traditional college age student, I am more interested in learning about education now. Thanks so much for the incredible book and it was a delight to learn more about the man behind Bloom’s Taxonomy. Far more than I ever knew about Benjamin Bloom and I will be reading even more in the months to come simply due to your book. Thank you!”
Reference & Research Book News
Stories, many of them humorous, about personal interactions with education scholar Bloom ... are interspersed with short essays on Bloom's accomplishments.....
Reference and Research Book News
Stories, many of them humorous, about personal interactions with education scholar Bloom ... are interspersed with short essays on Bloom's accomplishments.....
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578862436
  • Publisher: R&L Education
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 6.92 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas R. Guskey, Ph.D., is professor of educational psychology at the University of Kentucky. Benjamin Bloom served as his advisor during his years of graduate study at the University of Chicago, as the director of his doctoral dissertation committee, and later as a colleague on several large-scale research projects.

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Table of Contents

1 Unlimited expectations 1
2 "Typically, we will find ..." 3
3 It's more than numbers 5
4 The early years 7
5 Strength in simplicity 10
6 The best in the world 12
7 Using time wisely 16
8 The University of Chicago's Board of Examinations 18
9 In the shadow of greatness 21
10 Making expectations clear 23
11 Problem-solving processes of college students 25
12 The father of Israeli curriculum reform 28
13 An itinerate traveler 32
14 A constant encourager 35
15 Taxonomy of educational objectives, handbook 1 : the cognitive domain 38
16 The origins of the Taxonomy 45
17 Ideas ahead of their time 47
18 A powerful influence in Africa 49
19 Stability and change in human characteristics 51
20 Multiple approaches and tenacity 55
21 On publishing 58
22 Not every effort is a success 60
23 Compensatory education for cultural deprivation 62
24 A man of principle 65
25 An uncompromising commitment to excellence 68
26 Rites of passage 70
27 Sophie's influence 73
28 "Learning for mastery" 74
29 Audacity of imagination 82
30 An appreciation of arguments 85
31 In his own words 87
32 Honored in one's homeland 90
33 A grand vision 92
34 Collaborative leadership 94
35 Human characteristics and school learning 99
36 The man who hated the normal curve 105
37 A powerful influence on Japanese education 109
38 High expectations for all 112
39 Keeping things in perspective 115
40 The 2 sigma problem : the search for methods of group instruction as effective as one-to-one tutoring 116
41 Always consider the audience 120
42 You are a student of Benjamin Bloom? 122
43 A sensitive mentor 126
44 Different approaches to understanding 128
45 Developing talent in young people 130
46 New views of "giftedness" 135
47 Subtle humor 138
48 Unique traveling rituals 139
49 A productive career 144
50 The Benjamin S. Bloom dissertation fellowship 146
App. A Writings of Benjamin S. Bloom 147
App. B Writings about Benjamin S. Bloom and his work 153
App. C Doctoral dissertation students of Benjamin S. Bloom 157
App. D Doctoral dissertation committees of Benjamin S. Bloom 163
References : works other than those of Benjamin S. Bloom 167
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