Affective Learning

Affective Learning

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Affective Learning involves a transformational change in a learner’s emotions and value system. Learning objectives that intend to make an impact on the affective domain, aim at altering a student’s sense of value, feelings, awareness or interest concerning a certain object or action.

Affective learning plays a great role in the education of adults. Amongst other characteristics, an adults’ preexistent knowledge, autonomy and job focus make it critical for learners to understand what and why they are learning. Thus, instructional designers need to take into account how adults process new information in a highly personal way. Their personal and emotional involvement is essential in order to create readiness, openness and a sense of relevancy throughout the leaning process.

Adult Educators foster affective learning in a trustful and friendly learning environment where the learning experience is integrated into the learner’s daily life, values and concerns.[1], [2]

See also: adult learning, self-directed learning, Bloom’s Taxonomy

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Bloom's Taxonomy for Affective Learning and Teaching A short slideshow on the affective learning stages based on Bloom’s taxonomy.
Krathwohl's Taxonomy in the Affective Domain A short audio slideshow on the different types of learning in the affective domain.


  1. [1]Affective Learning - Activities to Promote Values Comprehension. Tricia Tooman, 2001 (15 Febuary 2013)
  2. [2]Teaching and Learning in Affective Domain. In M. Orey (Ed.), Emerging perspectives on learning, teaching, and technology. Mary Miller, 2005 (19 Febuary 2013)