Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement Paperback – Nov. 15 2014
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- Publisher : Corwin; 1st edition (Nov. 15 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 382 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0415476186
- ISBN-13 : 978-0415476188
- Item Weight : 862 g
- Dimensions : 17.4 x 2.26 x 24.61 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #157,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
John Hattie is Professor of Education and Director of the Visible Learning Labs, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
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Second, socially, it is difficult to appropriately understand the impact of schools and school practices on kids' learning without considering characteristics of kids and their families. The Hattie book does not consider whether results apply to grade school or high school (or other) kids. There is no consideration for how different factors play in achievement as a function of socioeconomic risk (which is where most of the academic problems are encountered) or for kids who experience challenges because of family issues, handicaps or disabilities. Many practices are implemented with specifically these kids in mind and overgeneralization of results from non applicable research may lead to faulty conclusions.
Third, those who study academic achievement are increasingly integrating the idea that family and child factors dominate the prediction of who will do well and who will have trouble in their journey through school. These factors have explicitly been ignored by Hattie.
I do not want to be overly harsh with Hattie. He has done everyone a great service in synthesizing results and getting a whole bunch of new conversations started with the results he has obtained. And he has done a masterful job of making the research accessible to non academic readers. However, the potential danger is one of deciding that the synthesis that is offered is a conclusion, rather than a starting point for discussion. There are only starting points in this book. No conclusions.