In 1956 Benjamin Bloom and some fellow researchers published a taxonomy of educational objectives that has been extremely influential in the research and practice of education ever since.
- A taxonomy is a system of classification. Bloom and his colleagues categorized objectives from simple to complex, or from factual to conceptual.
- These key elements are commonly known as Bloom’s taxonomy.
This taxonomy defines levels of objectives in 3 domains:
- Cognitive (knowledge based) – relating to intellectual capability i.e. knowledge or ‘think’
- Affective (emotive based) – relating to feelings, attitudes, values and behaviours
- Psychomotor (action based) – relating to physical coordination and performance of physical skills