What is SOLO?
In order to achieve both at school and once they leave school students need to gain more than a superficial understanding of key concepts. In order to move students past a superficial level of understanding teachers at St. Andrew's College have been exploring ways to enocurage students to be conscious of the depth of their understanding.
One answer is SOLO Taxonomy. It is a tool for classifying the extent of pupils’ understanding. Students (and teachers) can use the SOLO taxonomy, along with associated maps and assessment rubrics to identify the stage they are working at, then work upwards through the levels as they build their knowledge.
Biggs and Collis who the taxonomy say it is “a means of classifying learning outcomes in terms of their complexity, enabling us to assess pupils’ work in terms of its quality, not of how many bits of this and of that they got right”.
It divides understanding into five levels:
1. At the first, “prestructural” level, the pupil misses the point and needs help to start the task. Pupils at the next two levels have surface understanding.
2. At the “unistructural” stage, they pick up on a few aspects of the tasks.
3. At the “multistructural” stage they know several aspects, but these are unrelated.
4. By the time the pupil has reached the “relational stage”, they can integrate facts.
5. At the final stage, “extended abstract”, pupils have broad knowledge, look at the facts in a new way and can use them to predict and generalise. Not all children get to the fifth stage.
Maps and Assessment Rubrics
For many class activities/assignments a HoT map may assist the student in planning their answer.
The assessment rubrics show students what is required to gain each level of understanding. The rubrics also give students some key words that could be used in their response.
This section contains Student friendly maps that can be downloaded and written on using word. Each file also contains both a pictorial assessment rubric and a written assessment rubric so that students have a clear picture of what is required.
Newsletters (for staff)
Here is an archive of the newsletters created over the last 3 years - If you have any questions feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are links to presentations done at staff meetings, TOD's and other professional learning opportunities.
Resources for Students
Here are the resources that go with the first SOLO newsletter.
Other tools / Resources
Here are the resources for that go with the November newsletter.
JULY 2016 TOD
Here are the resources for use in the SOLO session for the TOD.