Cognitive Affective and Psychomotor Domains of Learning Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy 2001

Cognitive Affective and Psychomotor Domains of Learning Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy 2001

The development of Anderson’s taxonomy resulted directly from Bloom’s Cognitive taxonomy in actuality with three important characteristics differentiating between the two:

● Bloom uses nouns whereas Anderson uses verbs. It is important to take note of this difference because it affects the way we demonstrate these abilities as things we perform.

● The idea of creativity is introduced by Anderson’s taxonomy. As opposed to Bloom’s taxonomy, he also puts the same at the very top considering it the highest form of learning.

● There is also some relatively minor reshuffling of taxonomic levels.

Domains of Bloom’s Taxonomy

The revised Bloom’s taxonomy comprises of three main domains which are as follows: 

Cognitive Domain

It focuses on intellectual skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and creating a knowledge base. It consists of the following: 

a. Remember

b. Understand 

c. Apply 

d. Analyse 

e. Evaluate

f. Create 

Affective Domain

It focuses on the attitudes, values, interests, and appreciation of learners. It consists of the following:

a. Receiving 

b. Responding 

c. Valuing 

d. Organization 

e. Characterisation 

Psychomotor Domain

It includes the ability of learners to physically accomplish tasks and perform movement and skills. It consists of the following: 

a. Reflex

b. Basic fundamental movements

c. Perceptual abilities

d. Physical abilities

e. Skilled movements

f. Non-discursive communication

Stages of the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy

There are six stages of the revised Bloom’s taxonomy given by Anderson which are as follows: 


It refers to retrieving, recalling, or recognizing knowledge from memory.


It refers to the construction of meaning from different types of functions be they written or graphic messages.


It refers to breakdown of material or concepts into parts, determining how the parts are related or interrelated to one another or to an overall structure or purpose.


It refers to using a procedure through executing, or implementing.


It refers to making judgments based on criteria and standards through checking and critiquing.


It refers to the uniting elements together to form a coherent or functional whole.

Bloom’s taxonomy and Anderson’s taxonomy are highly interwoven due to which they are often confused with one another. Due to this confusion, they are sometimes referred to as one and the same but this is something to be avoided at all times

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