things to investigate … #1:


Things that popped up in tutorials, lectures and conversations that i had no idea about. So before next class i will try to find out and sum up what they are.


John Hattie –

Has published a number of academic papers and books since 1979.  Melbourne University (his current employer) says this of his works “Professor Hattie’s work is internationally acclaimed. His influential 2008 book Visible Learning: A synthesis of over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement is believed to be the world’s largest evidence-based study into the factors which improve student learning.”

Two key elements of his work were in regards to

  • Effect Sizes
  • Visual Thinking

His studies in effect sizes relate to how much impact something has on a learner. For example according to his studies “self report grades” are a highly effective teaching tool where as “mobility”  has no impact.    For more information click –> John Hattie

SOLO Taxonomy

Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes (SOLO) – Developed by Biggs and Collins in 1982.

Hypothesis’ childrens’ increasingly complex and increasingly abstract levels of understanding.

This site is run by the creator himself John Biggs –> SOLO Tax. John Biggs

Here is another explanation with accompanying visual representation –> SOLO taxonomy


Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised version)

Originally designed by American Education Psychologist Benjamin Bloom in 1956. Classifys learning objectives of students into three categories; cognitive, affective and psychomotor.

Anderson and Krathwohl in 2001 made adjusting the names of levels and adding creativity as the highest order of cognition. However as i understand this Taxonomy – Categories at the bottom of the pyramid (in the visual representations) require less action and engagement on the part of the learner (passive learning). As you move up through the pyramid more active participation is required from the learner and involves more complex understandings and thought processes.

Here are 2 links –> learning and teaching  and –>  Uni of South Aust.


Harvard Project Zero

Thinking Routines


De Bono Thinking Hats

Sage on the Stage, Meddler in the Middle, Guide by the Side

engaging cycle: tuning in, sorting out, finding out

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