A statement of a learning objective contains a verb (an action) and an object (usually a noun).
- The verb generally refers to [actions associated with] the intended cognitive process.
- The object generally describes the knowledge students are expected to acquire or construct.
(Anderson and Krathwohl, 2001, pp. 4–5)
Table 1. The cognitive processes dimension — categories, cognitive processes (and alternative names)
(clarifying, paraphrasing, representing, translating)exemplifying
(concluding, extrapolating, interpolating, predicting)comparing
(contrasting, mapping, matching)explaining
(discriminating, distinguishing, focusing, selecting)organizing
(finding coherence, integrating, outlining, parsing, structuring)attributing
(coordinating, detecting, monitoring, testing)critiquing