Cognitive Domain

    The cognitive domain is the core learning domain that involves content knowledge and the development of intellectual skills.  This includes the ability to recall or recognize specific facts and concepts to develop intellectual skills.  There are six major levels or categories; starting from the simplest, remembering, to the most complex, creating, order of thinking.  The six levels are as following: remembering,understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating.  Bloom's Taxonomy of levels are degrees of learning that are to be mastered by an individual in a specific order, starting with remembering.  An individual must master the first degree or level, simplest, of learning before moving to more complex levels of thinking (Clark, 1999).               

 Clark , D. (2010, July 5). Bloom's taxonomy of learning domains. Retrieved from


  • Below is an attached document, Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy Planning Framework.  The document outlines the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy and provides actions, products, tools, and learning activities.  The document also provides a brief description of each level along with a classification between higher and lower order thinking (Retrieved from, 2012).
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   This picture shows how the cognitive domain is composed of knowledge, comprehension, and critical thinking of a particular topic. Traditional education tends to emphasize the skills in this domain, especially in the lower-order objectives.The six levels are shown here below with each level containing it's own key words (Mohidin, 2010).

Mohidin, F. (2010, April 18). Bloom’s taxonomy – mind map of the cognitive domain. Retrieved from

Ashley Brigandi,
Feb 21, 2012, 1:46 PM