All learning are not alike, neither their objectives

sWhat any person in the world can learn, almost all persons can learn if provided with appropriate prior and current conditions of learning.

Benjamin Bloom

The idea to establish a system to classify learning objectives emerged in an informal meeting at the end of the Convention of the American Association of Psychology, held in Boston in 1948. The main objective was to ease the communication among evaluators by promoting the exchange of ideas and material about how to carry out evaluations.

The leader was Dr. Benjamin Bloom, PhD in Education from the University of Chicago (USA). That’s the reason the taxonomy of learning objectives formulated is known as Bloom’s Taxonomy. It can be understood as a classification of the objectives of the learning process.

The utility of Bloom’s Taxonomy centers on being clear regarding the level of learning wished to achieve of a determined objective. Therefore, it will be possible to design and select the activities focused on that level and intended to achieve the aimed goal.

Bloom’s taxonomy sets three Learning Dominances: Cognitive, Affective and Psychomotor.

All Facilitators should know about them and use them to design our sessions and to develop our instructional designs. Each domain has a way to classify them, a taxonomy associated with it.

The Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning has a number of features that can be very useful to Facilitators as they try to design and deliver their learning experiences. I hope you will explore this subject in future publications.

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