Theorist: Benjamin Bloom

Theory: Taxonomy, Domains

Timeline: February 21, 1913 – September 13, 1999


Bloom classified learning objectives into three "domains": Cognitive, Affective, and Psychomotor. He also created a taxonomy of the levels toward mastery.


Affective Domain


Learning Transfer:

The 3 Domains of learning objectives can be used to classify the type of learning intended to take place, and what kind of instruction and learning activities should be used to best promote learning within the respective domains. The levels (and reasoning, explanations) of the Taxonomy serve as a guide for the desired progression of learning transfer. The Taxonomy asserts that each of the steps is distinct and irreplaceable in the learning transfer process.

Major Works:

  • Bloom, Benjamin S. (1980). All Our Children Learning. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Bloom, Benjamin S. Taxonomy of Educational Objectives (1956). Published by Allyn and Bacon, Boston, MA. Copyright (c) 1984 by Pearson Education.
  • Bloom, B. S. (ed). (1985). Developing Talent in Young People. New York: Ballentine Books.