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Model Development Of A Recommender System For Cognitive Domain Assessment Based On Bloom’s Taxonomies

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Raphael Banda, Jackson Phiri, Mayumbo Nyirenda



Action verb, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Cognitive Domain, PHP, Wamp Server, Weight, Web Technology.



Assessment in education is an instance of making a judgment whether learning has taken place in the students. In assessing students scholars use verbs such as count, create, summarise or evaluate. These verbs found in standard questions to assess students or candidates in a test or examination are drawn from Bloom’s Taxonomies of the Cognitive Domain and are called action verbs. The cognitive domain has six levels; Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analysing, Evaluating and Creating. These six levels of the Cognitive are used to classify educational learning objectives into levels of complexity and specificity. An action verb in a particular test item can belong to any of the six levels of the cognitive domain. A survey was carried out and the findings were that the use of the Cognitive Domain levels in setting test items is not common in awarding marks to questions. Awarding of marks to questions is done at random without considering the levels where such action verbs are drawn from. A recommender system has been developed that analyses the questions and recommends marks to be awarded according to the weights of such action verbs used. It can also analyse syllabi content and make a judgement as to whether the curriculum tests low level competences or high-level competences. Analysis of questions is based on the cognitive domain as it is the most common domain used in schools and universities. Analysis of questions can improve the way students are assessed. To develop the system a model was designed and Web technologies was used. For programming purposes PHP and MySQL was used. MySQL was used to design the databases for the action verbs. These were systematically arranged in the databases for ease of manipulation and retrieval. WAMP Server is compatible with other programming languages such as JavaScript and HTML. This makes the system is scalable on the internet.



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