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Last modified: April, 2003

Citation: Huitt, W. (2003). The psychomotor domain. Educational Psychology Interactive. Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University. Retrieved [date], from

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There are three primary taxonomies of the psychomotor domain:


Definition Possible Verbs
1. Perception The ability to use sensory cues to guide physical activity Distinguish, identify, select

2. Set

The readiness to act; requires the learner to demonstrate an awareness or knowledge of the behaviors needed to carry out the skill Assume a position, demonstrate, show
3. Guided response The early stage of learning a complex skill; includes imitation;can complete the steps involved in the skill as directed Attempt, imitate, try
4. Mechanism  The ability to perform a complex motor skill; the intermediate stage of learning a complex skill  
5. Complex overt response The ability to perform the complete psychomotor skill correctly Carry out, operate, perform 
6. Adaptation Can modify motor skills to fit a new situation Adapt, change, modify, revise
7. Origination The ability to develop an original skill that replaces the skill as initially learned Create, design, originate.

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