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Resources For Understanding The “Structure of the Observed Learning Outcome” (SOLO) Taxonomy

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In yet another example of how much I do not know, I’ve recently learned about the Structure of the Observed Learning Outcome (SOLO), which can be characterized as an alternative to Bloom’s Taxonomy. I read about it this week at Peter DeWitt’s fine Education blog in his post, What’s Our Best Taxonomy? Bloom’s or SOLO?

I’ve spent a little time trying to understand it and, though I’m not persuaded a convincing case can be made that we need an alternative to Bloom’s, I thought it would be important to add information on it to The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom, which continues to be the all-time most popular post on this blog and gets several hundred visits each day.

In addition to Peter’s post, here are some other useful SOLO resources:

I found this slide presentation at Ewan McIntosh’s blog, which also included several other helpful links:

Here’s a Prezi on it:

And here’s a link to an intriguing visual representation of it.

Let me know what you think of SOLO….

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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  1. Went on a field trip through the presentations and this one does a great job of setting this up to present to teachers. The Learning Squares are a great representation for students and teachers alike to create deeper questions either by or for them.
    http://www.slideshare.net/jocelynam/solo-taxonomy

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