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Visible Learning for Teachers : Maximizing Impact on Learning - John Hattie

Visible Learning for Teachers

Maximizing Impact on Learning

Paperback Published: 15th December 2011
ISBN: 9780415690157
Number Of Pages: 286

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In November 2008, John Hattie's ground-breaking book Visible Learning synthesised the results of more than fifteen years research involving millions of students and represented the biggest ever collection of evidence-based research into what actually works in schools to improve learning.

Visible Learning for Teachers takes the next step and brings those ground breaking concepts to a completely new audience. Written for students, pre-service and in-service teachers, it explains how to apply the principles of Visible Learning to any classroom anywhere in the world. The author offers concise and user-friendly summaries of the most successful interventions and offers practical step-by-step guidance to the successful implementation of visible learning and visible teaching in the classroom.

This book:

  • links the biggest ever research project on teaching strategies to practical classroom implementation
  • champions both teacher and student perspectives and contains step by step guidance including lesson preparation, interpreting learning and feedback during the lesson and post lesson follow up
  • offers checklists, exercises, case studies and best practice scenarios to assist in raising achievement
  • includes whole school checklists and advice for school leaders on facilitating visible learning in their institution
  • now includes additional meta-analyses bringing the total cited within the research to over 900
  • comprehensively covers numerous areas of learning activity including pupil motivation, curriculum, meta-cognitive strategies, behaviour, teaching strategies, and classroom management.

Visible Learning for Teachers is a must read for any student or teacher who wants an evidence based answer to the question; 'how do we maximise achievement in our schools?'

Industry Reviews

"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

A must have resource for teachers


This book is a must for all educators. Visible Learning is easy to integrate into your existing program and is beneficial for all school aged children. This has opened up my mind and improved my teaching style.

Bunbury WA




Interesting research

Townsville Australia


Valuable reading with immediate impact.


John Hattie offers effective feedback for teachers about how to enhance student learning. The book is easy to dip into with lists, graphic organisers and key points. You can also delve more deeply into the research that underpins the key ideas. Some of the strategies are a little more challenging when teaching younger children but there are enough ideas to make this an extremely worthwhile book for teachers from K through to 12.



efficient effort for effect


If you are teaching then read this! It makes everything make sense. It will help you to choose how to best target your energy for the kids' greatest benefit.



For Educators Who Want To Do Their Best


For All Educators Who Want To Do Their Best For Their students. This book explains and justifies what teachers need to do to have the Greatest Educational Impact on all students learning.

Central Coast NSW


Great book


For developing thinking about best practice to move students on. It give more structure on how to go about this than the last books. I get excited when I read this book, which is frequently.

Melbourne, Au


Visible Learning for Teachers

4.7 6


Chapter 1. Visible learning inside
Part A: The source of ideas and the role of teachers
Chapter 2. The source of the ideas
Chapter 3. Teachers: The major players in the education process
Part B: The lessons
Chapter 4. Preparing the lesson
Chapter 5. Starting the lesson
Chapter 6. During the lesson - learning
Chapter 7. During the lesson - feedback
Chapter 8. End of the lesson
Part C: Mind frames
Chapter 9. Mind frames of teachers, school leaders, and systems
Appendix A. The Visible Learning Checklist
Appendix B. The 800 meta-analyses
Appendix C. A list of influences on achievement
Appendix D. Rankings and effect-sizes of program influences from Exercises
Appendix E. Calculating effect sizes
Appendix F. The Irving Student Evaluation of teaching scale

ISBN: 9780415690157
ISBN-10: 0415690153
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 286
Published: 15th December 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.38 x 17.27  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1

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John Hattie

About the Author

Professor John Hattie is an award-winning education researcher and best-selling author with over 25 years of experience examining what works best in student learning and achievement. His research, better known as Visible Learning, is a culmination of over 25 years synthesizing more than 1,500 meta-analyses comprising more than 90,000 studies involving over 300 million students around the world. He has presented and keynoted in over 350 international conferences and has received numerous recognitions for his contributions to education. His notable publications include Visible LearningVisible Learning for TeachersVisible Learning and the Science of How We Learn, and Visible Learning for Mathematics, Grades K-12

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