SOLO TAXONOMY

A GUIDE TO SOLO TAXONOMY FOR PARENTS, CAREGIVES AND WHĀNAU

Why SOLO Taxonomy? - to encourage students to think more critically. To deepen their learning in order for them to AIM HIGH and reach their potential.

SOLO Taxonomy (structure of observed learning outcomes) provides a simple, reliable and robust model for three levels of understanding – surface, deep and conceptual (Biggs and Collis 1982).

Pam Hook has developed a classroom based approach to the use of SOLO to make learning visible to students and to support them to deepen their learning. The power of SOLO is that it clearly identifies to the student, w​​​​​​​here they are at and what they need to do to show a deeper level of understanding. The focus is on the complexity of the structure of the students response, rather than labelling the student.

Understanding SOLO Levels

When students' learning is aligned to the SOLO levels, it will be at one of the 5 levels.