COGNITIVE LEARNING, one of the three domains from Bloom's Taxonomy, emphasizes intellectual outcomes. Benjamin Bloom identified six levels within the cognitive domain. The six levels are: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
The Six Levels of Bloom's Taxonomy
- Knowledge is a starting point that includes both the acquisition of information and the ability to recall information when needed.
- Comprehension is the basic level of understanding. It involves the ability to know what is being communicated in order to make use of the information.
- Application is the ability to use a learned skill in a new situation.
- Analysis is the ability to break content into components in order to identify parts, see relationships among them, and recognize organizational principles.
- Synthesis is the ability to combine existing elements in order to create something original.
- Evaluation is the ability to make a judgement about the value of something by using a standard.