Bloom’s vs SOLO SmackdownBloom’s (revised) Taxonomy is a useful way to describe the cognitive challenge level ofany given activity, That is to say that Bloom’s is a useful checklist of different types ofthinking in a hierarchy. It does not show progression within a task or in understandinga concept.
SOLO Taxonomy (Biggs & Collis 1982)• SOLO stands for the Structure of Observed Learning outcomes• Originally a way of assessing the quantity and quality of understanding demonstrated in an outcome• More recent move towards using it as a constructivist framework (work by Pam Hook @hooked_on_think and Daren Mead @dkmead)
The Alexandrine (prestructural)• A form of verse• Used in 17th Century French tragic drama• 6 syllables , caesuric pause, 6 syllables per line• Racine was a famous playwright• Aristotlean rules – same place, one story, 24 hours• Breaking these rules caused outrage• Je le vis, je rougis, je pâlis à sa vue
Getting #SOLO brains on the table – a mystery?
ReferencesBIGGS J and COLLIS K (1982) Evaluating theQuality of Learning: the SOLO taxonomy New York:Academic PressDavid Leat & Adam Nichols (2000): Brains on theTable: Diagnostic and formative assessmentthrough observation, Assessment in Education:Principles, Policy & Practice, 7:1, 103-121Leat & Nichols, Scaffolding Children’s Thinking -doing Vygotsky in the classroom with NationalCurriculum assessment