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Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning

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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 conc
Paperback, 269 pages
Published December 15th 2011 by Routledge
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Jonathan Peto
Jan 08, 2015 Jonathan Peto rated it really liked it
Shelves: education, nonfiction
The author of this book is a professor in Australia who directs the Melbourne Education Research Institute. In 2008 or so he published this book: Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement. It is a summary of hundreds of meta-analyses. (A meta-analysis is when a researcher combs research databases and analyzes the results of a number of studies. Some meta-analyses are based on hundreds of studies, others on only tens of studies, and so on.) Each meta-analysis ...more
Aug 13, 2013 Ken rated it really liked it
This meta-analysis of 900 (my head hurts) studies on what works in education (sweet mystery of life!) is not the sort of thing you read cover to cover in narrative glory. I've been reading it in spots for two months, but finished it in a burst over the past few days. It contains interesting information on what works and what doesn't work. For instance, the Top Ten Influences on Student Achievement:

Self-reported grades/student expectations
Piagetian programs
Response to intervention
Teacher credibil
Jan 19, 2015 Jane rated it liked it
Shelves: education
This book expertly explains what schools need to do to help all children learn, with statistics and research to back it up. I especially appreciate Hattie's explanations when the evidence goes against common sense, as on class size--he points out that smaller classes haven't made a difference because evidently teachers continue to teach the same way whether they have 35 or 18 students. So the answer on class size is, "Not yet, but maybe it would make a difference if teaching strategies took adva ...more
Sep 06, 2014 Craig rated it it was ok
Shelves: education
While there was some interesting analysis in here of how students learn, I eventually became overwhelmed with all the statements about what an effective teacher "should" do for each and every one of his/her students. One passage actually made me feel queasy at the thought of how far removed his description of an ideal learning environment was from the realities of my classroom. With a survey of over 900 meta-analyses of educational research, the author found a very large number of factors that c ...more
Apr 17, 2012 Nathan rated it really liked it
Shelves: education
John Hattie has reduced tens of thousands of educational studies to a basic measure, "effect size", to identify what works. He presented this in a 400-page book, "Visible Learning", which is structured by intervention, saying what works and what doesn't. That report on his research pointed to useful things but didn't give teachers a lot of guidance on how to use that knowledge to improve their teaching. After all, "feedback" gets only a few pages to decode its subtleties but the implementation o ...more
Tara Brabazon
Jul 06, 2014 Tara Brabazon rated it it was ok
What a disappointment. I was hoping that this book would provide insight into explicitness in teaching and learning. Instead, I read each page waiting for the book to start. Unusually for me, I only took two pages of notes from the book.

This book offers arguments that are self evident and obvious. Teachers need to maintain standards of achievement. Teacher's interventions matter to student learning. It is important that teachers communicate with each other.

Obvious stuff.

I rarely regret buying a
I've been reading and re-reading parts of this book and still find it a really helpful resource and starting point for meaningful change. I'm not sure it deserves its status as the Teaching Bible (TM) that it is given over where I am, but there are very many good points that I'd have liked to see filled with more practical tips and resources for implementation (i.e. more resources of formative assessment).
Jun 10, 2015 Vivien rated it really liked it
This book is a shorter version of a meta analysis Hattie published earlier- it is an amazing overview of over 1000 studies on the impact teaching settings and actions make on children and (ultimately)adult learning. It is not a "new" way of teaching or a cure all for any classroom woes- but it really has an interesting message. Lots of things go into the education of our children- their environment, what we choose as standards, their parental and economic situations, how they learn, etc.- but Ha ...more
Jennifer Jewiss
Jun 11, 2014 Jennifer Jewiss rated it liked it
I wish that this book was easier to read. I fear that some really valuable information gets missed because the text is hard to access. There were many times that I found that I had run my eyes over the words and had absorbed is my hope that the notes I made in the book will help me to go back and find those pieces of information that I connected with so that I can use them in my practice. So I guess what that means is that I expect to be re-reading (at least portions of) this resour ...more
Lisa Uuldriks
Jun 11, 2014 Lisa Uuldriks rated it really liked it
The depth of the content in this book is outstanding! John Hattie has taken research from classroom strategies and analyzed their effects on student learning. The amount of evidence at most times will hurt your brain. This book is not a “beach read” but will ground an educator’s thinking with concise summaries of teaching strategies. You will need to read this more than once and you will want to annotate (a lot) so that you can come back to reflect on the numerous “ah-ha” moments. A definite nee ...more
Dec 21, 2014 Susie rated it really liked it
Many great things to share from this book. My only complaint is that it keeps talking about measuring the impact our teaching has, but never really delineates how to do that. There are so many things schools are doing that goes against the research. The metanalysis of so many studies shows that student expectation is #1 in impact, which correlates with Carol Dweck's mindset ideas. There is so much in this book that should be shared with educators. I took copious notes and loved the many charts a ...more
Jan 24, 2016 Robin rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for any serious teacher who wants their teaching practice based on evidence and solid research. Base on over 900 meta analyses, Hattie provides a solid list of areas to focus on when teaching. I found the book hard going at times - dense and somewhat hard to bring altogether. That said, you can always pick and chose areas you want to focus on. Also a great resource for a graduate student preparing a literature review. At $30, it is a good resource to add to your collection.
Michelle Ash
Jun 11, 2014 Michelle Ash rated it really liked it
There is a reason that many educators refer to Hattie’s book as their Bible. It is a challenging cover-to-cover read, yet its fundamental message and underlying pedagogy cause one to return to it again and again. The depth of Hattie’s research is staggering and his mantra “Know thy impact” are words to live by. Hattie encourages all educators to be reflective practitioners who are sensitive and responsive to the needs of their students’ learning.
Jan 01, 2015 Maura rated it it was ok
Hattie's research points to increasing teachers' effectiveness through reflective practice with a heavy focus on metacognition. I have found though, that good teachers are naturally and continually reflective in their practice, and so the research presented in Hattie's book is far from ground-breaking. As usual, there is quite a chasm between the assertions of research in terms of what an effective teacher 'should' do and what can actually be done within the context of real American public schoo ...more
Judy Ball
Dec 04, 2015 Judy Ball rated it liked it
I wish I could give this book two ratings: one for substance (5 stars), the other for presentation (1.5 stars). I have no doubt that the substance is there. Hattie's review and summarization of the literature are extraordinary. Where this book failed for me, however, was in presentation. Too many lists, way too much redundancy, a dearth of examples to illustrate what may be excellent points, and a flood of dense, turgid prose.
Dec 29, 2014 Kathy rated it liked it
Shelves: haveread
Overwhelming. Not sure for whom this book is written. Breaks down many aspects of teaching into more of a science than an art. Most of what is recommended here is correct, but John and I discovered it naturally, through being aware and through our conversations.
Lori Blais
Aug 07, 2014 Lori Blais rated it it was amazing
This is definitely worth reading - more than once. There is a plethora of information and Hattie really makes one think about the impact of the teacher in the classroom. I enjoyed the research and was surprised at how some of the things I assumed were really effective for learning were actually less impactful than I thought. The activities at the end of each chapter would seem to provide an opportunity for evaluation, collaboration, and discussion. Now that I have read it all, I plan to go back ...more
Melonie Pack
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Mar 05, 2015 Tami rated it it was amazing
Excellent information gathered from 800 meta-analysis of 50,000 research articles, about 150,000 effect sizes and about 240 million students. What really matters and effects students the very most (Self-reported grades...student knows exactly where he/she needs to learn) as opposed to the practices that have lower effect size (homework! Surprised?)

Anyway, the best review I could give of this book is, it made me smarter as an educator. I look at educational practices in a totally different way th
Leanna Aker
Jul 23, 2013 Leanna Aker rated it it was amazing
This is a great, research-based manual for pre-service and inservice teachers, as well as school leaders. This will be my "go-to" book for classroom ideas supported by research. It is a great read cover to cover, but can also be used well by looking for topics within the index. The book is organized by lesson flow: before, during, after, etc. The take home message is that teachers should be adaptive experts, constantly looking for the impact they are having on students. Not rocket science, but t ...more
Julie Gardner
Jun 23, 2012 Julie Gardner rated it really liked it

This is a great book for teachers, but beware! It's not a warm-fuzzy-and this is the "teacher-friendly" version. Hattie deals with many, many, many facts and, although he does a great job at laying his research out in a relatively simple manner, I still have only a very basic idea of where the numbers come from.

With that said, I feel like I have been given a challenge for my classroom next year, especially in regards to formative assessment and feedback. I am also excited that seems to fit per
Sep 24, 2014 Deborah rated it really liked it
Small class sizes really do have minimal impact, it's all in effective teaching.
Mar 16, 2016 Marcel rated it it was amazing
Focus on learning, not teaching. This is a must-read for all teachers.
Thomas Maerke
Jul 06, 2014 Thomas Maerke rated it did not like it
First of all, I haven't finished reading this whole book. This book was given to me by the school district for which I work. I read several chapters. I read some things that are referenced in it. I have used it as a resource for some presentations.

I'm abandoning this book, as a cover-to-cover read. I can't read the whole thing. That would be torture. I still gave the book two stars because it has been helpful as a resource, and what I've read has provoked interesting thought, discussion, and le
Julie Aquilina
Sep 15, 2013 Julie Aquilina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teaching
Finished this quite awhile ago, but I haven't took it off my desk since I picked it up. Between this and Hattie's other book on visible learning, I have devoured every sticky note I can find. If you're a teacher or want to be a teacher, this will be a fascinating book as it walks through pretty much all possible learning strategies teachers use, explaining why and how certain ones are more effective than others based on multiple cross-sections of research. It really makes you think about what's ...more
Feb 01, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: teacher-books
A meta-analysis of "what works" instructionally, written for teachers. Very thought provoking!
Natalie Miller
Aug 31, 2014 Natalie Miller rated it liked it
GREAT info, but a tough read
Lattasha Royal
Jan 28, 2016 Lattasha Royal rated it it was ok
Aug 27, 2014 Tracey rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book is loaded with information about what is really effective in education! Home-life (not as high as you would think!), Time on task (nope), class size (nope!), homework (nope!). What ranks HIGH as positively affecting academic gains.....vocabulary programs, effective feedback, RTI, Piagetain programs and the #1.... self-reported grades/student expectations! Read the book for SO MUCH MORE!
Dec 08, 2013 Patrick rated it really liked it
Not the most readable book...

But there the data on strategies and the appendix is worth this book's weight in gold. Basic idea of the book is to take as much data on researching strategies and ranking effectiveness on the aggregate. Not a book that digs deep into particular effective strategies, but rather an eye on getting teachers to explore their own effectiveness through application and reflection.
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