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Learning Domains

The Learning Process
        Humans are born with the ability to process bits of data /information which allows them to learn complex concepts through a memory storage process known as short term memory. Information that is prioritized and moved into long term memory where it is stored for later retrieval. This frees up memory space in the brain's short term memory.

        Learning how to play a sport can be categorized into three separate domains of learning:

Cognitive Domain - Includes content knowledge and the development of technical skills, which includes the recall or recognition of specific facts and concepts related to intellectual abilities and skills. There are six major categories, starting from the simplest behavior (recalling facts) to the most complex (Evaluation). The University of Washington's has a detailed explanation of Bloom's Six Levels of Cognitive Development
  • Knowledge of terminology
  • Comprehension
  • Application
  • Analysis:
  • Synthesis: Creatively
  • Evaluation - personal values/opinions
Affective Domain - The Affective domain includes feelings, values, appreciation, enthusiasms, motivations, and attitudes. The University of Dayton, School of Law Affective Domain website describes each category in the domain and provides illustrative examples and keywords for the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains. 
  • Receiving phenomena
  • Responding to phenomena
  • Valuing
  • Organization
  • Internalizing values (characterization)
Psychomotor Domain - The psychomotor domain includes physical movement, coordination, and use of the motor skill areas. Development of these skills requires practice and is measured in terms of speed, precision, distance, procedures, or techniques in execution. For a more detailed treatment of this domain see the Penn State Teaching and Learning with Technology website Psychomotor Domain Taxonomy
  • Observing
  • Imitating
  • Practicing
  • Adapting

Connecting Learning and Assessment
        To see how assessments are built from these domains of learning and to learn how to build effective assessments go to the Hallmarks of Effective Assessment page.

Instructional System Design Concept Map

Recommended Reading:

Taxonomy of Educational Objectives: The Classification of Educational Goals (9780679302117): Bloom Benjamin S. and David R. Krathwohl. Taxonomy of Educational Objectives: The Classification of Educational Goals, by a committee of college and university examiners. Handbook I: Cognitive Domain. New York, Longmans, Green, 1956.


Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning Domains June 5, 1999 ... There is more than one type of learning. A committee of colleges, led by Benjamin Bloom (1956), identified three domains of educational activities.


The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

Domains of Learning Table of Contents -
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