Higher-Order Thinking /(HOTS) Higher Order Thinking Skills
A concept of education reform based on learning taxonomies (ex: Bloom's Taxonomy). The idea is that some types of learning require more cognitive processing than others, but also have more generalized benefits. In Bloom's Taxonomy, skills involving analysis, evaluation, and synthesis (creation of new knowledge) are thought to be of higher order, requiring different learning and teaching methods, than learning facts and concepts. Higher order thinking is more difficult to learn or teach, but is more valuable because such skills are more likely to be usable in novel situations, i.e., situations other than those in which the skill was learned. What are your thoughts?