Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement

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Routledge, Nov 19, 2008 - Education - 392 pages
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This unique and ground-breaking book is the result of 15 years research and synthesises over 800 meta-analyses on the influences on achievement in school-aged students. It builds a story about the power of teachers, feedback, and a model of learning and understanding. The research involves many millions of students and represents the largest ever evidence based research into what actually works in schools to improve learning. Areas covered include the influence 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 is that what works best for students is similar to what works best for teachers – 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 is a fascinating benchmark/dashboard for comparing many innovations in teaching and schools.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 The challenge
1
A synthesis of metaanalyses
7
Visible teaching and visible learning
22
Chapter 4 The contributions from the student
39
Chapter 5 The contributions from the home
61
Chapter 6 The contributions from the school
72
Chapter 7 The contributions from the teacher
108
Chapter 8 The contributions from the curricula
129
Chapter 9 The contributions from teaching approachespart I
161
Chapter 10 The contributions from teaching approachespart II
200
Chapter 11 Bringing it all together
237
Appendix A The metaanalyses by topic
22
Appendix B The metaanalyses by rank order
56
Bibliography
301
Index
375
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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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