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Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning 1st Edition

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"Visible Learning for Teachers is a profoundly important book for teachers, school leaders, parents, and policymakers. John Hattie provides the 'jury standard' for educational research. Rather than the typical 'he said, she said' controversy, Hattie has amassed the preponderance of the evidence representing the work of thousands of scholars and more than a quarter-billion children. The jury – teachers, leaders, and parents – need not be swayed by the persuasive power of an individual researcher or the flavor-of-the-month initiative. Rather, we can at last make teaching and leadership decisions based upon the best available evidence from multiple sources. As you read these pages, prepare to be challenged. Hattie forced me to reconsider previously strongly held convictions, but he requires that we elevate the preponderance of the evidence over personal belief. Best of all, Hattie shows us how to determine the impact we have right now with our own students. His methods move education from the 'rear-view mirror' – what happened in other places with other students – to the 'windshield' – what is happening right now with our students. As a result, this book is the most important contribution to educational research and practice in decades."
Douglas Reeves
Founder, The Leadership and Learning Center, USA

"This scope of this text is absolutely staggering. John Hattie deserves to be recognised (and probably will in time) as one of the pioneers of educational and school psychology."
Dr Dave Putwain
Programme Leader, Educational Psychology, Edge Hill University, UK

“Recognising what makes a difference enables reflection on how to do more that makes a positive difference. Reading this book should make obvious the swathes of time-consuming tasks that make no (or worse, negative) impact, making them easy to remove. It is fabulously well-researched.” - Mary Bousted, general secretary, Association of Teachers and Lecturers

 

About the Author

John Hattie is Professor and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia and honorary Professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is the author of Visible Learning and co-author of Intelligence and Intelligence Testing, both published by Routledge.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415690153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415690157
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Hattie is Professor of Education and Director of the Visible Learning Labs, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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The bad reviews are true. I was excited to read this book so I paid the high price. But it doesn't have USEFUL information. It takes the author 30 pages to outline how to write a lesson the way we were taught in school (if you were taught the Madeline Hunter way).

I bought this book because I stumbled across a chart of ranking effects of influences on student achievement. The list is just a list. I hoped the book would expand on what each item on the list fully meant and gave examples. In the most boring way, the author tells you what to do BUT not how to go about it. Most of it is common sense.

I've gathered two excellent tips:
1. Learn more about SOLO taxonomy
2. Learn more about National Board Certification (apparently, going through their PD program AND becoming certified will ensure that you're using some of the influences with the greatest impact.)

You can find the list of 150 influences for free anywhere but the top 10 and their explanations can be found here: http://visible-learning.org/glossary/
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This book has become the foundation for all of the work I do. I serve as a Special Education administrator and now reference this as we look to trying new strategies, providing professional learning for teachers, and prioritizing time for different things (e.g. test prep vs. progress monitoring). It's a regular reference for me. The only con is that it's not available on Kindle yet so I can't have it with me everywhere I go!
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Whether you are a classroom teacher, school leader, or involved in training educators, you should always keep a copy Visible Learning for Teachers close by. This is both a great reference for educational research and a comprehensive guide for planning and presenting meaningful instruction to students of all levels. Hattie's work can also serve as a standard against which other educational publications can be measured. I have noticed that he is widely quoted and misquoted by other authors who seem to be trying to ride the wake of his astounding work. Read Hattie first.
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Visible Learning for Teachers gives teachers the benefit of research couched in practical applications. Teachers will find it to be helpful in establishing best practices in the classroom.
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I persisted with this because I wanted to learn. However, I found it hard going. Surely this could have been written in a more accessible manner? Hattie is a statistician and this imbues everything in this book. Everything comes back to test scores. There are some commonsense recommendations, although I'm left with the empty feeling that a numbers man is trying to tell me how I should teach. If you think there is more to teaching than marks, ranks, and grades, then this is not the book for you. The recommendations are worth considering, but not for taking as gospel. Give me the more open-minded Project Zero work any day.
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If you are looking for an accessible, informative book that can greatly improve your teaching, this is not it. Hattie makes some good points, and with careful (and arduous) reading you can glean some helpful strategies, but he did not write this for a teacher who wants to be inspired by a text and has little free time to dig for meaning. The book is mind-mindbogglingly tedious and dry.
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I'd been meaning to read Visible Learning but simply did not get around to it. Dr. Hattie released this distillation of his studies along with his own suggestions for teachers and leaders. The student must become their own teacher while a the teacher must become the learner (of their own teaching impact). Good stuff!
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This is an excellent book, much more teacher-friendly than Visible Learning. It was a good read, really dense, and takes apart many myths we have as educators and tells us the numbers regarding strategies we use.
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