Amassing knowledge (the multistructural level of understanding) is crucial to any attempt to deepen students’ understanding of a topic. Let me assure you that I don’t in any way believe that DI is incompatible with differentiation or formative assessment. I’d love to hear your thoughts having experimented with it somewhat. Because of this I get students to interact differently with information I want them to understand. This was with year 7s and 8s…. However, you know (I hope) that I’m convinced by the need for a knowledge based curriculum (and that I’ve read Hirsch, Willingham. It identifies five levels of learning, which increase in skill at each stage. When you say that you don’t use SOLO all the time, I bet you really do. I’d be interested in hearing some workable solutions to this issues. Two of the other disadvantages appear to assume without argument or evidence that direct instruction is incompatible with formative assessment or differentiation. click to view a bigger version. how to set up the lesson– @7tbj had prepared a mock ISA, a mark scheme and a SOLO prompt sheet. I don’t use it all the time, but for certain things I have found that it has become a useful language for pupils to understand what I’m getting at. By using SOLO taxonomy whilst writing their answers, pupils could structure and connect their ideas better and we found it drew more information out of them. Likewise, Jigsawing, described by Phil Beadle as ‘the ultimate teaching technique’ is by far the most efficient way I’ve encountered for getting students to process large quantities of information whilst also being a damn sight more fun than teaching from the front all day every day. Click on the symbol again to hide the information. Do we want them to be able to evaluate, generalise from and form hypotheses about what they’ve learnt? USES OF SOLO TAXONOMY It supports students to reflect on their own thinking. In recent years I have dropped a 24 credit Geography course to being 18 credits so the quality of the learning can improve (often via a SOLO framework). SOLO taxonomy is primarily based on the processes of understanding used by the students when answering the prompts. The remaining two disadvantages appear to rely on questionable assumptions about learning that you have not even begun to justify. See more ideas about Solo taxonomy, Taxonomy, Solo. It’s worth remembering that SOLO stands for the Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes or, to simplify, what students’ learning looks like. 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). The response varied from those who completely agreed with me and have abandoned Bloom many years ago to those who are still true believers and avid users. Here are the taxonomy arguments I hear most frequently. If they don’t know enough about a subject they won’t make any progress. =I�Ԥsh��V� ���I ��zIe�c�c�`��㉭�p�������;˵�'�=M���=�=�F Hywel Roberts – Oops! And as an aside, there is absolutely no reason why using SOLO to design learning outcomes shouldn’t complement a teacher’s use of direct instruction. Using the SOLO taxonomy, this study examines secondary education (K-12) students’ programming thinking and their representations of the concepts of programming variable and the assignment statement. 6�̓�v�+:-�ӏ���A[�Oal�Z�� Particularly with retention. If I teach answers students will know facts. This disadvantage can be overcome by having students do lots of complex problems on their own but this means that one of the main advantages (efficiency) is lost Google’s great and all – but there’s all sorts of evidence which demonstrates why we cannot just outsource our memory to a server. Learning - the SOLO Taxonomy. I then used it with GCSE and A Level revision to think about about how to get those A-A* answers where in geography linking ideas and being explicit about cause and effect are key. However. I have been working with a core group of teachers using SOLO to design quality assessment tasks. It’s bizarre to think in terms of either or. 0 However, when I got them to think about the SOLO level a pupil was working at this was much easier for them and they could see the benefit (and difficulty)of moving from multi-structural to relational. Should we use cladistics or phylogenetics? Regular readers will know that I’ve devoted a fair amount of time to investigating how SOLO can be used to help students learn more efficiently. You will receive notifications of new posts by magic. This taxonomy is regarded as one of the crucial models that contribute to the curriculum development in the 21st century. New York: Academic Press. }��]�� ��0�f���I�s�v�y�漘�q Stop blaming your lack of experimentation, risk and innovation on your lack of time. And as such maybe it will give you more time to deliver content rather than less. The unfortuate consequences of Bloom’s taxonomy — Roland Case, Executive director, The Critical Thinking Consortium “Research & Practice,” established early in 2001, features educational research that is directly relevant to the work of classroom teachers. But don’t just take my word for it. The remaining two disadvantages appear to rely on questionable assumptions about learning that you have not even begun to justify. It’s true that it’s much easier to teach from the front with worksheets and Power Points, leading students through carefully prepared lessons. Should we be teaching knowledge or skills? This is not an attack on ‘mere facts’. – It’s harder for teachers to make allowances for the fact that students will have different prior knowledge and this may result in teachers being unaware of why particular students struggle When I have been talking with staff who for some reason or other have had a knee jerk reaction to SOLO or haven’t thought about it. Such comments as “neater handwriting” or “write more” come to mind. I have a real problem with your supposed disadvantages of direct instruction. But I just don’t buy that this is more efficient. Solo Taxonomy 1. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. Data was collected in the form of students’ written responses using a questionnaire testing their ability to predict the outcome of executing short code programming tasks. 2. endstream endobj 21 0 obj <>stream He had arranged his classroom into groups and had a stash of numbered bits of paper for grouping. SOLO Taxonomy. ���������1�m�3��O7M��EŪB��DW`���D�d�֥������a��Zm;�t��>wJ�/�R���_J��L4�;E�ۥ�s?HU�U�!�rE�&-�_Xsܯǟ���+���)��>��UZOhϯ�U[��x�7?`�V��[����9�U1mC6M�� ��1�4��V�j���ϑ#��Clc����w=}����=� �1�>y0�N��WaсK���;�+��(��D+܋=�-k_����)��Ѡ���2+�DO��N�l�W����9�̕5 ���i�xP�ptbZ8+Z�`A��s�ꆬ����1]���1;*8s?t���q��k�dBཊ2�f��O2� ��d[�RI��g�p� XPȪ�O�� XƊ�C4������J0�N�$��ƛ:�n4�� I have started to integrate SOLO ideas into some elements of my teaching. taxonomy. endstream endobj 20 0 obj <>stream endstream endobj 17 0 obj <> endobj 18 0 obj <>/ProcSet 30 0 R>>/Rotate 0/Type/Page>> endobj 19 0 obj <>stream 1. Too often I hear that it’s inefficient to spend lesson time on anything other than direct instruction. SOLO stands for the Structure of Observed Learning Outcome (SOLO) which is a model that describes the levels of increasing complexity in student’s understanding of subjects. – Students may not have a sense of the purpose or ‘big picture’ of what they’re learning as they focus on simple steps It is a model that describes levels of increasing complexity in a learner's understanding of subjects (Biggs, Collis, 1982). This being the case, don’t we have a duty to do more than just cover the content? – The teacher controls what will be learned and who will learn Bloom’s Taxonomy Does Not Accurately Represent the Way That Learning Happens. h�b```".ɢ� �� �@���q��anG������82:X: b@���$����"�A�0-a/j (� �f�d`jZ As learning progresses it becomes more complex. Knowledge, therefore, permeates across all levels of the SOLO taxonomy. But how should they build up this knowledge? Two of the other disadvantages appear to assume without argument or evidence that direct instruction is incompatible with formative assessment or differentiation. Helping Children Learn Accidentally, Curriculum related expectations: the specificity problem, High jump vs hurdles: Replacing grades with curriculum related expectations. Really? I’m sure teachers can get better at designing assessment tasks using SOLO with practice, but wouldn’t they be better off using something less generic? You seem (and I may be wrong) to be guilty of contempt prior to investigation as far as SOLO goes. Oops! We investigate how the formulation of ILOs using the SOLO Taxonomy gives information about competence progression, educational traditions, and the nature of various science subjects. It’s just one among many ways of ensuring that the content your delivering fits together to form a coherent whole. If time is precious, reduce you curriculum. And anyway, ploughing through information quickly avoids what Professor Bjork calls ‘desirable difficulties‘, and doesn’t seem like it will even result in shallow knowledge. So I think that the SOLO taxonomy has value as one aspect of what gets better when someone gets better at something, but it’s a small part, and its use needs to be tempered by the teacher’s professional judgment. SOLO Taxonomy is a systematic way of describing how a learner’s understanding develops from simple to complex when learning different subjects or tasks. I am on leave at present but something I would like to try is make it a habit to ask student during a lesson, what the activity attends to. It helps students to reflect meaningfully on what the next steps in their learning are. Is it better to be told or to discover a fact? About moodlemckean I am the Learning Resources and ILT Development Manager at Bolton College, in north west England. SOLO is research/evidence based on structure of student learning outcomes (versus Bloom's developed from proposal by a committee of educators) 2. Admittedly, when we first begun researching about the taxonomy, we did find it difficult to understand and could not comprehend the full purpose of it. The value of people pointing out their limiting beliefs is it challenges us to clarify our own thinking as you have done here and I found it really useful to read. Advantages and Disadvantages of Bloom’s Taxonomy 2 Learning occurs in various forms when it comprises performance of ability. %PDF-1.3 %���� You have problems with my list of disadvantages? I’m not on commission and have no axe to grind about any particular pedagogical technique. SOLO Taxonomy grids 22 Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy 23 Use of (progressive) mastery statements 24 Marking grids of objectives related to new national curriculum in stages 25. I haven't heard much argument about binomial nomenclature or the general newd to classify organisms. � Likewise formative assessment – it’s just easier(for me anyway) to do it differently. SOLO is a theory about teaching and learning (versus Bloom's theory about knowledge) 3. h�bbd``b`�v@�q5�`��@��7��]����0���7�q�/� r� endstream endobj startxref Anything else is a waste of time. If you’re teaching history, there’s an awful lot of knowledge you’ve got to communicate if students are going to stand a chance of making sense of your subject. ��.��5k��r�z�Q�=4?_@k�/�xT����0`K�?dl�a��*c�೶�B�����ρ�&*_��A�����t���c��3����U�6C"BCh��`�Q�;����,��g�j�>4$�{EF�y:�������8i���]�+ ə���� ���^�U�U��Dy�E����fLB��)>}14�Ћ,��®doGۃAEEE%s�;�* �WJݕ��W�ǥ�.L�����)�. 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