Blooms Taxonomy: Part Three

The affective domain is the third domain of learning included in Bloom's Taxonomy.  Skills in this domain tap into the way people feel about the learning material.  The goal of this type of learning is usually to get people to react emotionally and get in touch with attitudes toward the material.

Training within the affective domain is probably the hardest domain to achieve, however when it is done well, it literally can be a call to action or change the emotions of an entire group.  I have posted this video before, but here is an example of affective training.  I believe the goal that Dr. Randy Pausch had when giving this lecture was to remind us that how we live our lives is important and we should not waste the precious gift that life is.  I think you will agree that he is very capable of tapping into our emotions and perhaps changing how we think or feel about death.

Many organizations use this type of training to change the attitudes of their employees.  Perhaps they have had a fundamental shift in ideals that they wish to convey to their employees, or perhaps they are attempting to correct behaviors or attitudes they have become aware of.

Like the other domains there are levels of learning within the affective domain.  They are:

  1. Receiving - learners passively pays attention through listening and/or observing.
  2. Responding - learners actively participates by reacting in some way demonstrating their willingness to be involved.
  3. Valuing - learners agree with the material that is presented not just through compliance but because they have a belief in the content itself.
  4. Organizing - learners put together values and compare, relate and elaborate on the material that is presented.
  5. Characterizing - the learner has adapted these values so as to become apart of their makeup as a person.  These values will affect how the learner behaves and are characteristic of who they are.
When stating your objectives and describing your learning activities will require action verbs that are appropriate for this type of learning.  Below are some examples:

Receiving – ask, attend, choose, describe, give, identify, listen, receive, use, view, watch

Responding – communicate, comply, consent, conform, contribute, cooperate, discuss, follow-up, greet, help, inquire, participate

Valuing – accept, adopt, approve, complete, choose, commit, desire, differentiate, display, endorse, explain, express, form, initiate, invite, join, justify, propose

Organizing – adapt, adhere, alter, categorize, classify, combine, compare, complete, defend, explain, establish, formulate

Characterizing – advocate, characterize, defend, devote, disclose, discriminate, display, encourage, endure, exemplify, function, incorporate, influence, justify

By the way, Dr. Pausch did eventually pass away and while he was still with us, he managed to fulfill another dream of his.  He was invited to play a character in the latest Star Trek film.  He is on the bridge of the USS Kelvin in the opening scene of the film.