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The Affective Domain in the Classroom

Diagram comparing affective domain vs cognitive domain. Original image by Karin Kirk, SERC-Carleton College.

As science faculty, we naturally emphasize the cognitive domain in our teaching. After all, students think and learn with their brains (we hope!). Yet the affective domain can significantly enhance, inhibit or even prevent student learning. The affective domain includes factors such as student motivation, attitudes, perceptions and values. Teachers can increase their effectiveness by considering the affective domain in planning courses, delivering lectures and activities, and assessing student learning.

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