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Using SOLO Taxonomy in Student Inquiry

Inquiry learning as a pedagogical approach has high appeal to teachers. Yet research evidence has raised questions as to whether it effectively supports students to move from surface to deep learning. The Using SOLO Taxonomy in Student Inquiry series explicitly addresses such weaknesses by harnessing a robust model of learning that makes surface and deep learning outcomes visible to both teacher and students.

Ages: 5-18 years

About the Authors

Pam Hook is an educational consultant (HookED, www.pamhook.com) 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 www.pinterest.nz/solotaxonomy.
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.
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.

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