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SOLO Taxonomy in Student Inquiry - Book 1

Using student inquiry to develop creative and critical thinkers

Book 1 explains how you can use SOLO to design inquiry learning experiences that shift the focus from behavioural outcomes to cognitive activity - directing student inquiry outcomes from surface to deep learning.

Ages: 5-16 | Pages: 70 | Code: 51053 | ISBN: 9781776554836

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Pam Hook

Pam Hook is an educational consultant who advises schools and institutions in New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and the Pacific Islands on developing curricula and pedagogies for learning to learn based on SOLO Taxonomy. She is a popular keynote speaker at conferences. Pam is author of more than 25 books on SOLO Taxonomy, including titles translated into Danish, and has developed a series of SOLO web-based apps, Apple iPad apps and YouTube videos. She hosts collaborative online communities for SOLO practitioners on Twitter @arti_choke @globalsolo and Pinterest
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Suzette Ipsen

Suzette Ipsen is a Hapu Leader at the newly opened Rototuna Junior High School in Hamilton, New Zealand. Previously she was a co-lecturer (ICT) at the University of Waikato and taught for many years in an extended learning classroom. As well as completing the Teacher Professional Development in Languages programme, she has a Graduate Diploma in Education Technologies. Suzette is an advocate for lifelong learning and enjoys challenging the thinking of students by using effective questioning techniques.
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Melody McCombe

Melody McCombe is a team leader at a large urban intermediate school in New Zealand, as well as being the staff elected member of its board of trustees. Passionate about deep learning, she believes SOLO is her key tool to enable this. Her conference presentations include a workshop on SOLO Taxonomy in 2017 to assist teachers to deepen students’ thinking about the key competencies. Melody has a Master of Education (Distinction), a higher diploma of teaching, a language teaching diploma and a diploma of teaching children with special needs. On a 2014 educational scholarship, she travelled to Japan to study the Japanese language.


1. An overview of SOLO Taxonomy and thinking like a scientist5
What is SOLO Taxonomy?5
What is thinking like a scientist?6
What is the material world?8
How can SOLO help develop curious minds with the science capabilities?11
2. Gather and interpret data19
Gathering data (multistructural level)19
Interpreting data (relational level)21
Strategies for gathering and interpreting data23
3. Use evidence41
Using evidence (relational level)41
Strategies for using evidence42
4. Critique evidence46
Critiquing evidence (extended abstract level)46
Reliability and validity47
Challenging evidence that seems reliable48
Fairness, completeness and relevance50
Strategies for critiquing evidence50
5. Interpret representations54
Interpreting representations (extended abstract level)54
Strategies for interpreting representations57
6. Sample SOLO planning and assessment62
Constructive alignment in planning and assessment62
Sample planning63
Sample assessment65
7. Engage with science68
Engaging with science (extended abstract level)68
Bringing in ideas about a waste management issue (multistructural level)72
Connecting ideas about a waste management issue (relational level)73
Extending ideas about a waste management issue (extended abstract level)74
Index of exhibits78