Adult Learning: Physical Skills

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Adult Learning: Physical Skills


Bloom’s Taxonomy is not just for elementary school teachers. The three domains of the taxonomy apply to adult education as well. In this manual, we will pay attention to the psychomotor domain. This is the domain of action and physicality. It is important to remember that psychomotor works together with the other domains when implementing it

Adult Learning: Physical Skills

Bloom’s Taxonomy has been a basis for educators since its inception. Teachers of children and adults should be familiar with the theory’s history and how it has changed over the years. In this Adult Learning Physical Skills manual, the focus is on the psychomotor domain.Adult Learning Physical Skills

Bloom’s Theory

The focus of Bloom’s theory is the learning hierarchy. In this hierarchy, students will master one level at a time. Like walking up a flight of stairs, students eventually take all the steps to complete the hierarchy. As they master each level, they discover their ability to implement learning strategies and improve their skills. In this theory, teachers use the taxonomy to guide the students to higher levels of thinking and understanding. These three domains work together to create learning objectives, guide activities, and develop effective assessments.

Each domain identified is broken down into levels or categories with specific behaviors, activities, and example words that identify when students have mastered skills from each level of the domain.


Benjamin Bloom was an education psychologist. He and other experts developed Bloom’s Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain in 1956. The purpose of the taxonomy was to establish educational goals for students and to act as a guideline when evaluating their performance. The three domains that Bloom and his team discovered were cognitive, affective, and psychomotor.

New Understanding

Lorin Anderson and David Krathwohl revised the original taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain to be more action oriented. The updated version removes knowledge, comprehension, and evaluation and adds remembering, understanding, and, creativity.

With our Adult Learning – Physical Skills course, you will discover how to better navigate the physical environment. The understanding and coordination of physical skills provides an incredible benefit to everyone.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Explain the psychomotor domain
  • Explore the different psychomotor taxonomies
  • Explain ways to implement training in the psychomotor domain
  • Identify psychomotor activities


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