Evaluating the Quality of Learning - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780120975525, 9781483273310

Evaluating the Quality of Learning

1st Edition

The SOLO Taxonomy (Structure of the Observed Learning Outcome)

Authors: John B. Biggs Kevin F. Collis
Editors: Allen J. Edward
eBook ISBN: 9781483273310
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th December 1981
Page Count: 260
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Educational Psychology Series: Evaluating the Quality of Learning: The SOLO Taxonomy (Structure of the Observed Learning Outcome) focuses on the approaches, methodologies, and techniques employed in the valuation of the quality of learning.

The publication first offers information on the quality and quantity of learning and origin and description of the Structure of the Observed Learning Outcome (SOLO) taxonomy. Discussions focus on general intellectual development and the growth of quality; some assumptions and applications of stage theory; from developmental stage to levels of learning quality; and general intellectual development and the growth of quality. The text then examines the teaching of history, elementary mathematics, English, and geography. Topics include interpreting a map and drawing conclusions, explaining a natural phenomenon, appreciation of poetry, implications for the teaching of history, English, and mathematics, numbers and operations, and general application of SOLO to history.

The manuscript takes a look at modern languages, place of the taxonomy in instructional design, and some methodological considerations. Concerns include alternative formats for obtaining SOLO responses, instructional processes, curriculum analysis, remediation, and teacher intentions.

The publication is a vital source of data for educators interested in the SOLO taxonomy.

Table of Contents


Preface


I The Structure Of The Observed Learning Outcome


1 The Evaluation of Learning: Quality and Quantity in Learning


Evaluating Quality Versus Quantity: An Example


Evaluation and Instruction


Summary and Conclusions


2 Origin and Description of the SOLO Taxonomy


General Intellectual Development and the Growth of Quality


The Piagetian Stages of Development


Some Assumptions and Applications of Stage Theory


From Developmental Stage to Levels of Learning Quality


Description of the SOLO Taxonomy


A Paradigm for Obtaining SOLO Responses


Summary and Conclusions


II Applying The Taxonomy To Various Teaching Subjects


3 History


The General Application of SOLO to History


Suitability of Items


Implications for the Teaching of History


Summary and Conclusions


4 Elementary Mathematics


Numbers and Operations


Implications for the Teaching of Mathematics


Summary and Conclusions


5 English


Appreciation of Poetry


Reading


Creative Writing


Implications for the Teaching of English


6 Geography


Interpreting a Map and Drawing Conclusions


Accounting for Change in Areal Characteristics from a Written Description


Explaining Natural Phenomena


Drawing Conclusions from a Picture of an Area


Further Research in Geography and Social Science Education and SOLO


Implications for the Teaching of Geography


7 Modern Languages


Translation from French to English

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No. of pages:
260
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 1982
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9781483273310

About the Author

John B. Biggs

Kevin F. Collis

About the Editor

Allen J. Edward

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