The Three Levels of the Mind
Learning is everywhere. We can learn mental skills, develop our attitudes and acquire new physical skills as we perform the activities of our daily living. These domains of learning can be categorized as cognitive domain (knowledge), psychomotor domain (skills) and affective domain (attitudes). This categorization is best explained by the Taxonomy of Learning Domains formulated by a group of researchers led by Benjamin Bloom in 1956. by Sarah Mae Sincero (2011)
A. COGNITIVE DOMAIN
The cognitive domain involves the development of our mental skills and the acquisition of knowledge. The six categories under this domain are: 1. Knowledge: the ability to recall data and/or information. Example: A child recites the English alphabet.
2. Comprehension: the ability to understand the meaning of what is known. Example: A teacher explains a theory in his own words.
3. Application: the ability to utilize an abstraction or to use knowledge in a new situation. Example: A nurse intern applies what she learned in her Psychology class when she talks to patients. 4. Analysis: the ability to differentiate facts and opinions. Example: A lawyer was able to win over a case after recognizing logical fallacies in the reasoning of the offender. 5. Synthesis: the ability to integrate different elements or concepts in order to form a sound pattern or structure so a new meaning can be established. Examples: A therapist combines yoga, biofeedback and support group therapy in creating a care plan for his patient. 6. Evaluation: the ability to come up with judgments about the importance of concepts. Examples: A businessman selects the most efficient way of selling products. B. AFFECTIVE DOMAIN
The affective domain involves our feelings, emotions, emotions and attitudes. This domain is categorized into 5 subdomains, which include: 1. Receiving Phenomena: the awareness of feelings and emotions as well as the...