New Zealand

SOLO Taxonomy in the Social Sciences

Social inquiry is a pedagogical approach that encourages students to think like social scientists when making meaning of social phenomena in local, national and global contexts. When this approach is combined with SOLO Taxonomy as a model for surface and deep learning, the impact on student learning is profound. SOLO Taxonomy in the Social Sciences shares practical strategies for using SOLO to enhance students’ outcomes at each stage of their social inquiry, including when they collect quantitative and qualitative data and analyse their findings to identify causes, predict occurrences and develop evidence-based intervention programmes to address the phenomena in some way.

Ages: 5-15 years

About the Authors

Pam Hook is an educational consultant (HookED Educational Consultancy, www.pamhook.com), who works with New Zealand and Australian schools to develop curricula and pedagogies for learning to learn based on SOLO Taxonomy. She has published articles on thinking, learning, e-learning and gifted education, and has written curriculum material for government and business. As well as authoring and co-authoring more than 15 books on SOLO Taxonomy (some of which have been translated into Danish), she is co-author of two science textbooks widely used in New Zealand secondary schools. She is also a popular keynote speaker at conferences.
Craig Perry has been an educator in New Zealand high schools since 2000, teaching geography and the social sciences. He has a passion for making learning visible for students so that they can become active and engaged participants in their own learning. Since meeting Pam Hook in 2006, Craig has made SOLO Taxonomy part of his teaching as a powerful framework that helps him and his students achieve this outcome. While still a classroom teacher, he has also been moving towards teaching teachers and is grateful for the opportunities he has had to present his thinking at several New Zealand conferences.