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True-False and Multiple Choice……

Sorry, I didn’t have time to prepare an exam on “6 Education.”  I’ll trust that you took a look at the information on Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Domains.   Here’s a good summary of the three learning domains.  Note that each element listed in the domain builds on the previous elements.  For instance, within the cognitive domain, analyzing is based on the ability to apply knowledge that is understood.

Cognitive – Knowledge

  1. Recall data (I say… I do…)
  2. Understand (You say… I do, you say…)
  3. Apply (use) (You say… You do)
  4. Analyze (structure/elements)
  5. Synthesize (create/build)
  6. Evaluate (assess, judge in relational terms)

Psychomotor – Skills

  1. Imitation (copy)
  2. Manipulation (follow instructions)
  3. Develop Precision
  4. Articulation (combine, integrate related skills)
  5. Naturalization (automate, become expert)

Affective – Attitude

  1. Receive (awareness)
  2. Respond (react)
  3. Value (understand and act)
  4. Organize personal value system
  5. Internalize value system (adopt behavior)

Designing a training plan for your workplace should be based on these domains.  If we use the 6 training groups we can use the domains to define our specific training objectives.  Frankly, they are also appropriate when developing job descriptions.  Remember, it is always prudent to design a plan or program so it can be easily evaluated on a regular basis.  Specific objective and descriptions make evaluation possible.

Here’s how we’ve applied the Bloom’s Learning Domains to our 6 training groups:

Knowledge Skills Attitude Job Title Other Factors
Unassigned Recall None Receive All employees New and unaffected
Assigned Understand Imitation Respond Unskilled labor Initial assignment
Authorized Apply Manipulation Value Skilled labor Experience
Leader Analyze and problem solve Precision and articulation Value System Supervisor Experience and responsibility
Expert Synthesize and evaluate Competent person Value System EHS staff Education and experience
Manager Apply Imitation Value System Management Responsibility

Consider the matrix above and consider whether it could be applied to your workplace.  Our next post will expand the matrix with more training guidance.


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