An exploration of the notion of cycles of levels within modes of the SOLO Taxonomy

Year: 1994

Author: Levins, Lesley, Pegg, John

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The SOLO Taxonomy of Biggs and Collis has evolved in several ways since its inception in 1982. One important advance has been the identification of more than one unistructural-multistructural- relational cycle within a mode. While this finding was implicit in the original development, it has been made explicit through attempts by several researchers to explain development over a fuller concept range. There have been differences, however, in the interpretations taken of the cycles.

This paper explores the notion of multiple cycles within a mode by considering empirical evidence drawn from studies carried out by the authors in mathematics and science topics. Differences in the nature of these cycles are highlighted and implications are drawn which have consequences for both the SOLO Taxonomy and our model of the development of students' understanding.