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

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Taylor & Francis, Nov 18, 2008 - Education - 382 pages

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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Este livro é de uma grande utilidade. Todos os professores, formadores de professores, pais e decisores políticos deveriam lê-lo. Talvez assim se começasse a ter um discurso mais lúcido, informado e consistente sobre o que realmente conta na educação. Este livro ajuda a sair do "senso comum", do discurso puramente ideológico e auto-centrado ou, como costumo dizer, do olhar para o umbigo, centrando a actividade profissional no alimento dos egos mais do que na realização eficiente das tarefas. E este país precisa cada vez mais de profissionais centrados nas tarefas. Com tantos egos e propaganda à solta será difícil dar uma novo rumo e esperança aos portugueses.
Para a educação este livro representa um sair da idade das trevas para a idade das luzes. Exige leitura atenta e crítica, debate e análise... Exige alguns conhecimentos científicos e estatísticos mas que são bem explicados pelo autor. Exige esforço e empenhamento como qualquer actividade interessante e estimulante
 

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About the author (2008)

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

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