Going SOLO: An introduction to the taxonomy everyone’s talking about
This article originally appeared in Innovate My School's September 2012 digital magazine. The Structure of Observed Learning Outcome (SOLO) taxonomy aims to show pupils how to develop sophisticated responses to questions by getting them to examine their thought-process as their understanding of a topic improves. I began using SOLO in 2011, and it is now integral to my teaching. SOLO defines five stages of understanding for any topic: prestructural, unistructural, multistructural, relational and extended abstract. All well and good. SOLO LEVEL: PRESTRUCTURAL (the pupil has missed the point) PUPIL RESPONSE:I think Johnny Depp is a Shakespeare character because we watched a film featuring both of them. TO MOVE ON:The pupil must begin to gather basic information on the topic. PUPIL RESPONSE:Johnny Depp acts in films. TO MOVE ON:The pupil has understood one choice Johnny Depp has made, but there is no further detail. PUPIL RESPONSE:I know lots about the life and times of Johnny Depp.
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