- Age Range: 8 and up
- Paperback: 392 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 26, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415476186
- ISBN-13: 978-0415476188
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 56 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement 1st Edition
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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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With that caveat though, I still think this is a very useful book and a great piece of work. Most of the work is actually focused on regular effect size, and it seems that the CL version of it was added as an alternative view for the real data. The amount of research represented in here is mind boggling, and I think it has a lot of very interesting things to say about what works and what doesn't. I'd recommend it, but for important decisions it may be worth going back to the originally cited works and checking the numbers (something I haven't done).
Hattie separates his research into sections highlighting the effectiveness of different strategies within the following contexts:
Contributions from the Student
Contributions from the Home
Contributions from the School
Contributions from the Teacher
Contributions from the Curriculum
In summary I would highly recommend this book. While I have thoroughly enjoyed reading through it, the book's greatest strength may be its use as a reference tool. If you'd like to see the effectiveness of whole language vs. phonics instruction, concept mapping, teacher knowledge of subject matter, socioeconomic status or almost any other topic you can think of, just open the book, flip to the appropriate section and you have a synthesis of all the meta-analyses pertaining to the topic. The book has all of the earmarks of quality research and at the very least, it was carefully synthesized as it took Hattie 15 years to write. As Andrew Jackson said, "Mere precedent is a dangerous source of authority." Stop abiding by policies because "this is how it's always been done." Buy this book, evaluate your existing practices and start making evidence-based decisions to help your student learn.