It’s interesting to see the reaction of people who help others with the fear of flying. Next month a U.K. airline is taking its course to New York. This has produced a reaction from a well known chap who helps fearful flyers.
I guess we all have a notion that we do is the best way for our customers, but the truth must be that we each help in different ways. For me, as a teacher, the only way you can measure success, is not by examination results, but what the student does with the knowledge gained . There’s a thing called Bloom’s cognitive skills. It looks like this. (table below)
You’ll see that Evaluation is the highest level of skill. This is what we try to achieve in giving ‘ownership’ of the cure to the people we have on our course. We do not tell anyone anything, we help them to find their own answers to their particular anxieties and worries. That’s why we never claim to be able to cure someone’s fear of flying … we can only help.
As Albert Einstein said
I don’t try to teach, I create an atmosphere where learning can take place.
Make everything as simple as possible, but no simpler.
This may not look simple but for what it explains it couldn’t be simpler.
|Bloom’s Classification of Cognitive Skills|
|Knowledge||recalling or remembering something without necessarily understanding, using, or changing it||define, describe, identify, label, list, match, memorize, point to, recall, select, state|
|Comprehension||understanding something that has been communicated without necessarily relating it to anything else||alter, account for, annotate, calculate, change, convert, group, explain, generalize, give examples, infer, interpret, paraphrase, predict, review, summarize, translate|
|Application||using a general concept to solve problems in a particular situation; using learned material in new and concrete situations||apply, adopt, collect, construct, demonstrate, discover, illustrate, interview, make use of, manipulate, relate, show, solve, use|
|Analysis||breaking something down into its parts; may focus on identification of parts or analysis of relationships between parts, or recognition of organisational principles||analyze, compare, contrast, diagram, differentiate, dissect, distinguish, identify, illustrate, infer, outline, point out, select, separate, sort, subdivide|
|Synthesis||Creating something new by putting parts of different ideas together to make a whole.||blend, build, change, combine, compile, compose, conceive, create, design, formulate, generate, hypothesize, plan, predict, produce, reorder, revise, tell, write|
|Evaluation||judging the value of material and methods in a
particular situation; judging with the use of defined criteria
|accept, appraise, assess, arbitrate, award, choose,
conclude, criticize, defend, evaluate, grade, judge,
prioritise, recommend, referee, reject, select, support