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Visible Learning Reading List

As mentioned in today’s post, July is Visible Learning month on Corwin Connect! If you’re not already familiar with John Hattie’s Visible Learning work and want to learn more, here’s the list of all relevant books to help you get started! These books cover both the research and the practical application to ensure maximum impact on student achievement.


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

This unique and ground-breaking book is the result of 15 years’ research and synthesises over 800 meta-analyses relating to the influences on achievement in school-aged students. It builds a story about the power of teachers and of feedback, and constructs a model of learning and understanding.

Visible Learning presents research involving many millions of students and represents the largest ever collection of evidence-based research into what actually works in schools to improve learning. Areas covered include the influences 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.

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

John Hattie’s ground-breaking book Visible Learning synthesized the results of more than 15 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 from Visible Learning to any classroom anywhere in the world. The author offers concise and user-friendly summaries of the most succesful interventions and offers practical step-by-step guidance to the successful implementation of visible learning and visible teaching in the classroom.

Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn by John Hattie

John Hattie joins forces with cognitive psychologist Gregory Yates to build on the original data and legacy of the Visible Learning project, examining how research into human learning processes can inform our teaching and what goes on in our schools. The authors explain the cognitive building blocks of knowledge acquisition and discuss how to maximize impact on student learning, covering such topics as:

  • Teacher personality
  • Expertise and teacher-student relationships
  • How knowledge is stored and the impact of cognitive load
  • The psychology of self-control
  • Myths and fallacies about how people learn

Visible Learning into Action: International Case Studies of Impact by John Hattie

John Hattie’s Visible Learning research is the world’s largest evidence base on what works best for raising student achievement. But how can you use it to drive student achievement in your school or district?

Visible Learning into Action is the next chapter in the evolving Visible Learning story, making John Hattie’s groundbreaking research concrete by showing how diverse schools have successfully brought the research into practical implementation.

Visible Learning for Literacy, Grades K-12: Implementing the Practices That Work Best to Accelerate Student Learning by Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie

What if someone slipped you a piece of paper listing the literacy practices that ensure students demonstrate more than a year’s worth of learning for a year spent in school? Would you keep the paper or throw it away?

We think you’d keep it. And that’s precisely why acclaimed educators Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie wrote Visible Learning for Literacy. They know teachers will want to apply Hattie’s head-turning synthesis of more than 15 years of research involving millions of students, which he used to identify the instructional routines that have the biggest impact on student learning.

These practices are “visible” for teachers and students to see, because their purpose has been made clear, they are implemented at the right moment in a student’s learning, and their effect is tangible.  Yes, the “aha” moments made visible by design.

Visible Learning for Mathematics, Grades K-12: What Works Best to Optimize Student Learning by John Hattie, Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, Linda Gojak, Sarah Delano Moore, and William Mellman

Rich tasks, collaborative work, number talks, problem-based learning, direct instruction…with so many possible approaches, how do we know which ones work the best? In Visible Learning for Math, six acclaimed educators assert it’s not about which one—it’s about when—and show you how to design high-impact instruction so all students demonstrate more than a year’s worth of mathematics learning for a year spent in school.

That’s a high bar, but with the amazing K-12 framework here, you choose the right approach at the right time, depending upon where learners are within three phases of learning: surface, deep, and transfer. This results in “visible” learning because the effect is tangible. The framework is forged out of current research in mathematics combined with John Hattie’s synthesis of more than 15 years of education research involving 300 million students.

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Ariel is the Acquisitions Editor for Technology and General Methods at Corwin, and editor of Corwin Connect. When not working, you can usually find Ariel doing yoga at the beach, reading with a glass of wine, or writing a book review on her blog, One Little Library.

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