Visible learning: a synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement

Author(s): Hattie, John A.C.

Publisher(s): Routledge

Date: 2009

Pages: ix, 378 p.

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This unique and ground-breaking book is the result of 15 years’ research and synthesises over 800 meta-analyses relating to the influences on achievement in school-aged students. It builds a story about the power of teachers and of feedback, and constructs a model of learning and understanding. Visible Learning presents research involving many millions of students and represents the largest ever collection of evidence-based research into what actually works in schools to improve learning. Areas covered include the influences of the student, home, school, curricula, teacher, and teaching strategies. A model of teaching and learning is developed based on the notion of visible teaching and visible learning. A major message within the book is that what works best for students is similar to what works best for teachers. This includes an attention to setting challenging learning intentions, being clear about what success means, and an attention to learning strategies for developing conceptual understanding about what teachers and students know and understand. Although the current evidence-based fad has turned into a debate about test scores, this book is about using evidence to build and defend a model of teaching and learning. A major contribution to the field, it is a fascinating benchmark for comparing many innovations in teaching and schools.

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