Benjamin S. Bloom: Portraits of an Educator

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Thomas R. Guskey
R&L Education, 2012 - Education - 171 pages
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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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Contents

Remembering Ben
1
Unlimited Expectations
10
Typically We Will Find
12
Its More Than Numbers
14
The Early Years
16
Strength in Simplicity
19
The Best in the World
21
Using Time Wisely
25
An Appreciation of Arguments
88
In His Own Words
90
Honored in Ones Homeland
93
A Grand Vision
95
Collaborative Leadership
97
Human Characteristics and School Learning
101
The Man Who Hatedthe Normal Curve
106
A Powerful Influence on Japanese Education
109

The University of Chicagos Board of Examinations
27
In the Shadow of Greatness
30
Making Expectations Clear
32
ProblemSolving Processes of College Students
34
The Father of Israeli Curriculum Reform
37
An Itinerate Traveler
40
A Constant Encourager
42
Taxonomy of Educational Objectives Handbook 1 The Cognitive Domain
45
The Origins of the Taxonomy
51
Ideas Ahead of Their Time
53
A Powerful Influence in Africa
55
Stability and Change in Human Characteristics
57
Multiple Approaches and Tenacity
61
On Publishing
63
Not Every Effort Is a Success
65
Compensatory Education for Cultural Deprivation
67
A Man of Principle
70
An Uncompromising Commitment to Excellence
73
Rites of Passage
75
Sophies Influence
78
Learning for Mastery
79
Audacity of Imagination
86
High Expectations for All
112
Keeping Things in Perspective
114
The 2 Sigma Problem
115
Always Consider the Audience
119
You Are a Student of Benjamin Bloom?
121
A Sensitive Mentor
124
Different Approaches to Understanding
126
Developing Talent in Young People
128
New Views of Giftedness
133
Subtle Humor
135
Students Come First
136
Unique Traveling Rituals
137
A Productive Career
141
The Benjamin S Bloom Dissertation Fellowship
143
Postscript
145
Appendix A
147
Appendix B
152
Appendix C
155
Appendix D
159
References
163
About the Contributors
169
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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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