Bloom’s taxonomy is a way of distinguishing the fundamental questions within the education system. It is named after Benjamin Bloom.
It divides educational objectives into three “domains”:
- cognitive– critical thinking
- Synthesis – Compile information together in a different way, proposing alternative solutions
- psychomotor – sometimes loosely described as “knowing/head”, “feeling/heart” and “doing/hands” respectively.
Skills in the psychomotor domain describe the ability to physically manipulate a tool or instrument like a hand or a hammer. Psychomotor objectives usually focus on change and/or development in behavior and/or skills.
- Guided response
- Complex overt response
A goal of Bloom’s taxonomy is to motivate educators to focus on all three domains, creating a more holistic form of education.