What is

Cognitive Domain

Cognitive domain is one of three categories of learning behavior used to inform educational design. The cognitive domain is responsible for knowledge acquisition and building intellectual skills such as problem solving and basic recall. Benjamin Bloom, an American psychologist, developed a classification system for categorizing the six levels of cognitive skills. Today, the system is widely known as Bloom’s Taxonomy. Bloom’s Taxonomy encompasses six levels of cognitive complexity including: remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate and create.

Cognitive domain is part of the Taxonomy of Learning Domains proposed by Benjamin Bloom in 1956. The cognitive domain is associated with knowledge, the psychomotor domain supports skill building, and the affective domain illustrates how attitudes take shape. The cognitive domain supports the process of absorbing knowledge and translating that into skills. The cognitive hierarchy extends from simple memorization to creating a new product based on acquired information.