The cognitive context of examinations in psychiatry using Bloom's taxonomy

D. A. Miller, J. Z. Sadler, P. C. Mohl, G. A. Melchiode

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Summary. Psychiatric practice involves complex thinking patterns. In addition to commanding a huge number of facts, the student must learn to manipulate factual knowledge to solve diagnostic problems, develop treatment plans, and critically evaluate those plans. This study demonstrates an empirical method for evaluating the level of cognitive processes tested in multiple choice examinations. Use of Bloom's taxonomy in evaluating test items demonstrated the majority of test items on a psychiatry clerkship examination and a resident in‐training examination fell into the most basic cognitive level, that of simple recall. The utility of Bloom's taxonomy is discussed along with implications for medical education. 1991 Blackwell Publishing

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)480-484
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Education
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1991


  • *education, medical, undergraduate
  • United States
  • cognition
  • decision making
  • educational measurement
  • problem solving
  • psychiatry/*educ
  • students, medical/psychol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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