Comprehension

DEFINITION

The ability to grasp the meaning of material. Comprehension represents the second level of learning outcomes in the cognitive domain ? one step beyond knowledge ? the simple remembering of material. Objectives of lessons which will increase a student's comprehension can be stated with such behavioral terms as: calculate, cite, comprehend, compute, conclude, construe, convert, debate, define, demonstrate, discuss, document, dramatize, estimate, expand, explain, express, extend, extrapolate, generalize, give examples of, identify, illustrate, infer, interpret, locate, paraphrase, predict, propose, recognize, report, restate, review, suggest, summarize, support, tell, and translate. The next higher thinking skill is application.Also see Bloom's Taxonomy and coherence.

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