Simple Learning concepts with Blooms Taxonomy of Learning Domains

Blooms Taxonomy of Learning Domains

According to Blooms Taxonomy of Learning Domains, we have 3 domains of the brain.  When we are developing our learning plans or strategies it is useful to make sure we are taking into account all 3 domains when deciding on not only the material and content of the learning, but also the method of delivery.   In  Blooms Taxonomy consists of the following domains:

Cognitive Domain: – This domain relates to knowledge, problem solving, ability to analyse and interpret.  Our cognitive domain helps us to apply information in new situations and to loop back to information we have already understood to make sense of the new information coming in.   It is, for this reason, allegory, analogy or metaphor are very useful tools to get our learning message across.    Some organisations value cognitive intelligence as a vital component of the leadership and employee skills dashboard.  This can apply to industry specialists such as accountants, lawyers.  Leaders and employees  will be respected mostly for the specialist knowledge and skill they can bring.

Affective Domain: – The second of Blooms Taxonomy, this domain relates to establishing values, involving people, making connections and associations.   As a component of the learning dashboard, this relates to ability to create a vision, harness the abilities of the people and create meaning.  It is the domain which deals with the unseen and the less tangible or objective factors involved in learning.   Feelings and emotions can be a big part of the learning experience for those who favour this domain.  Although this component can apply to leaders across the board, it is especially pertinent for leaders who deliver public or people-centric services or products.

Psychomotor Domain: Relating to the behavioural part of the brain, this domain involves behavioural and mechanical skill, it’s about the demonstration and how a leader acts.  This the final of Blooms Taxonomy of learning is all about behaviour and practical application.   It can be applicable to leaders who can bring skill and act in a way that resonates to their employees and people.  Again this applies to all leaders but is particularly relevant to those who can demonstrate their prowess at what they are leading.