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This unique and ground-breaking audiobook 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 audiobook 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. 

Visible Learning is expertly narrated by Brian Arens. All visual elements from the text are included in the supplementary PDF. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2009 John A. C. Hattie (P)2019 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC

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  • Sarah Herzog
  • 03-12-2020

Great book - not great as an audiobook

Through no fault of the reader, this book is just very hard to digest as an audiobook. The visual form of this book uses graphics to help present the extremely dense data in a more palatable format. Unfortunately this is simply not possible in an audiobook, and the unending string of statistics runs together. I tried listening to this in the car on my way to work each day and constantly found my mind drifting - as soon as I heard one statistic, I would start thinking about the implications to my own practice. By the time I realised it, I was several minutes ahead and had not heard a thing! I seldom got through more than five minutes at a time without this happening. I feel like this would be an essential book, and I still did gain some great insight from it, but it would be far better enjoyed as a traditional or ebook rather than an audio book.

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