Past President David R. Krathwohl Dies


November 2016

Krathwohl was born in Chicago in 1921, son of William Charles and Marie Krathwohl. He grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Chicago. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II and returned to the University of Chicago for his M.S. and Ph.D. After working at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at Michigan State University, where Krathwohl was the director of the Bureau of Educational Research, he served 11 years as dean of the School of Education at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

He was a member of the Regional Advisory Committee for the U.S. Office of Education’s Bureau of Research and was chairman of the board of trustees of the Regional Institute for Education. He was honored by Syracuse University as the Hannah Hammond Professor of Education Emeritus for the School of Education. 

In addition to being AERA president, Krathwohl served as president of the Educational Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association. He was also an AERA Fellow and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. 

Krathwohl was a co-author of Taxonomy of Educational Objectives: Cognitive Domain, senior author of Taxonomy of Educational Objectives: Affective Domain, and co-editor of A Taxonomy for Learning, Teaching, and Assessing: A Revision of Bloom’s “Taxonomy of Educational Objectives.”  He also wrote Social and Behavioral Science Research, Methods of Educational and Social Science Research: An Integrated Approach, How to Prepare a Research Proposal, and, with co-author Nick L. Smith, How to Prepare a Dissertation Proposal.

Krathwohl was an active member of AERA, and served on the AERA Division of Measurement and Research Methodology, as well as the Professors of Educational Research and Mixed Methods Research SIGs.