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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Essential Resources Educational Publishers Ltd (31 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 192714356X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1927143568
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 0.6 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Congratulations to Pam Hook and Julie Mills for their innovative work in introducing the SOLO Taxonomy and constructive alignment into the school system. This book demonstrates clearly how children can become participants in improving the quality of their own learning. --John Biggs, author

About the Author

Pam Hook is an educational consultant (HookED), who works with New Zealand schools to develop curricula and pedagogies for learning to learn based on SOLO Taxonomy. She has been awarded the Sandy Rothwell Prize for outstanding achievement in gifted education and has published articles on thinking, learning, e-learning and gifted education, writes curriculum material for government and business, directs Ministry of Education e-learning contracts and is co-author of two science textbooks widely used in New Zealand secondary schools. She is known for her educational blog (http://artichoke.typepad.com) and is a popular keynote speaker at conferences. Julie Mills is an educational consultant in learning and teaching, a role she has enjoyed since 2005. Working in schools throughout New Zealand, her focus is on raising student achievement. With a depth of understanding of curriculum, achievement and assessment practices, she facilitates a range of contracts for the Ministry of Education, writes educational resources for both the public and private sectors and presents regularly at conferences. Julie has an extensive background in teaching at all primary and intermediate levels. She has also held senior management positions and was a founding school principal/head teacher for four years.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frances Watkin on 16 May 2014
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I had limited knowledge and experience of SOLO taxonomy as teacher training and subsequent school having focused on Bloom's. I Found the book informative and enabled me to reflect on my teaching and where a SOLO based approach may be effective. Felt hampered in this as I have the kindle edition and the tables and diagrams can be illegible I assume to fit them on the screen. As the tables and diagrams provide most of the information for application when teaching it is frustrating. The content of the book I rate highly the kindle format rates low.
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The ideas in this book are great, once you have fought your way through the jargon. Best to get the second book as well which has further explanation of the level descriptors for the maps. Pam Hook's website has handy apps for generating the resources described in the book. The ideas in the book are framed within the NZ curriculum.
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Brings together practical and effective approaches to assessment with defined rational, into a cohesive programme for teachers and students. Can be applied across different curricula and educational systems.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christine Lillywhite on 11 May 2014
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Interesting read if you want to know more about Solo Taxonomy. It is not however linked to the UK curriculum, author being from NZ
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A neat system that puts students in the driver seat 19 April 2014
By John Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a high school teacher. Like many of my colleagues, I face classes with a huge disparity in ability, and I am always looking for some tool that can help me address the needs of all my students. I've read the book once and now need to go back and really dig into it, but I think this system - which seems quite popular in New Zealand and seems like it is taking root in the UK. I think that Americans might want to take a good long look at the work of Biggs and Collis.

At the heart of this system is inculcating a culture where students identify with five levels of understanding:
Pre-structural - limited or no understanding
Uni-structural - The student's response only focuses on one relevant aspect.
Multi-structural - The student's response focuses on several relevant aspects but they are treated independently.
Relational - Different aspects of the concept have become internalized and integrated.
Extended abstract - The student can now project and generalize the concept to other concepts. This is mastery.

This book shares a lot of organizers and posters that can be used in the student's individual journals and around the classroom. They allow students to evaluate their starting point, track progress, and provide for self-assessment along the way. This is a system that really puts learning in student's hands and allows the teacher to see exactly where students are in a given unit of instruction. Mind-reading is so tricky in the classroom, so it's nice when the students let you know where they are at without having to try to use the force or some such.

The next step will be to try piloting this in a class. I still have a big unit in my government classes, they are pretty small, and I have a wide range of ability in both of them. I will post a followup - maybe with some samples of student work (I've always wanted to try my hand at video reviews).

My preliminary verdict? Even if you don't buy in to the system, it has a lot of very, very good tricks. It is money well spent.
Betier than Bloom's 21 Dec. 2014
By Phil Boudreau - Published on Amazon.com
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Great approach. More meaningful and implimentable than the commonly used Bloom's taxonomy. Very usable for teachers and easy for students to grasp.
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