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Analysis Thinking

Analysis is one of five basic categories of thinking in the North Carolina 1992-93 booklet on thinking assessment and later retained in the 1994 revisions. Sections below cover: definition; specific content trigger questions for science, social science, and literature; key action words; and examples of general trigger questions.

 Source: North Carolina End-of-Grade Testing Program pamphlet. (1992-93). Testing Section, Division of Accountability Services, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Analysis Thinking

Definition of Analysis. (in Bloom's taxonomy: analysis)

In this operation, students divide a whole into component elements. Generally the part/whole relations and the cause/effect relationships that characterize knowledge within subject domains are essential components of more complex tasks. The components can be the distinctive characteristics of objects or ideas, or the basic actions of procedures or events. This definition of analysis is the same as that in the Bloom taxonomy.

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Examples of Analysis questions for Science, Social Science, Literature.

Science analysis
Separate the components of the process. Identify the features of animate and inanimate objects.
Social science analysis
Analyze components or elements of an event.
Literature analysis
Identify components of literary, expository, and persuasive discourse.

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Analysis. Use these key action words in the work of analysis.

subdivide, categorize, breakdown, sort, separate


 Break the story down into different parts.

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General Examples of Analysis Trigger questions.

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