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Table 3 Taxonomy of Educational Objectives: Knowledge (Cognitive), Skills (Psychomotor) and Attitude (Affective) Domains

From: The need for national medical licensing examination in Saudi Arabia

Knowledge (Cognitive) [28] Skills (Psychomotor) [47] Attitudes (Affective) [48]
1. Knowledge: recall or recognize information 1. Perception: uses sensory cues to guide actions 1. Receiving: demonstrates a willingness to participate in the activity
2. Comprehension: translate, interpret, extrapolate but not see full implications 2. Set: demonstrates a readiness to take action to perform the task 2. Responding: shows interest in the activity by seeking it out
3. Application: apply abstraction or general principles to concrete situations 3. Guided response: knows steps required to complete the task 3. Valuing: internalizes an appreciation for the activity
4. Analysis: separation of a complex idea into parts and understanding of relationship between the parts. 4. Mechanism: performs task in a somewhat confident, proficient, and habitual manner 4. Organization: begins to compare different values and resolves conflicts between them to form an internally consistent system of values
5. Synthesis: creative, mental construction of ideas from multiple sources to form complex ideas into a new integrated and meaningful pattern. 5. Complex overt response: performs task in a confident, proficient, and habitual manner 5. Characterization by a value: adopts a long-term value system that is "pervasive, consistent, and predictable".
6. Evaluation: to make a judgment of ideas using external evidence or self-selected criteria substantiated by observations or informed rationalizations. 6. Adaptation: performs task as above, but can modify actions to account for new situations  
  7. Origination: creates new tasks or objectives incorporating learned ones.