Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives

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:

  1. Cognitive (knowledge based) – relating to intellectual capability i.e. knowledge or ‘think’
  2. Affective (emotive based) – relating to feelings, attitudes, values and behaviours
  3. Psychomotor (action based) – relating to physical coordination and performance of physical skills

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