The Psychomotor Domain
14. The Psychomotor Domain
Behaviors in this domain involve a wide variety of motor skills dependent upon physical ability and the coordination of movement.
Verbs for use in the psychomotor domain of learning include action, such as:
The hierarchical sequence, from lowest to highest, are:
1. Reflex Movements:
Reflex movement is concerned with involuntary movements in response to a stimuli.
2. Basic Fundamental Movements:
Reflex movements appear to be instinctive and are not usually taught. Movements found in babies: reaching, grasping, crawling,
walking are all basic movements.
3. Perceptual Abilities:
This level includes ability to feel and move, body awareness, visual and auditory discrimination. These abilities are
effectively established when a student enters nursing.
4. Physical Abilities:
This level relates to the body functioning properly in order for movements to be made easily and effectively. Physical
abilities also include aspects such as endurance, strength, flexibility and dexterity. Agility in movements begins to
develop with practice. Learning to coordinate body movements when making a bed is a practiced skill.
5. Skills Movements:
This level pertains to proficiency in performing a task. It evolves from a simple to a complex level. The skill level
progresses to an excellent performance. While classified as a psychomotor domain, the movements at this level
actually include both cognitive and affective behavior. Many nursing skills involve skilled movements: The mixing
of medications in a syringe may involve cognitive understanding of the drugs ordered as well as complex mathematical
calculations and the psychomotor skills to draw up and administer the medication.
14. Cite 2 verbs and 2 levels included in the Psychomotor domain of learning.
A. Write two learning objectives for your primary specialty area, using 2 different levels of learning in this domain and 2 different verbs.