Learning Domains and Performance Objectives


Clear and meaningful learning/performance objectives are important in teaching and training. The objectives contain the intent (the targeted content) and the action (skills to act on the content). The skills can be in different facets (Bloom’s Taxonomy): cognitive/intellectual, affective and psychomoter.

Among the learning domains, the intellectual skills are about knowing how to do, rather than what things are. Intellectual skills are equivalent to the procedural knowledge, which includes such as how to discriminate, classify, and apply. The intellectual skills are governed by the learner’s internal thinking (cognitive strategy), and can affect the motor skills.

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