TES interview with John Hattie: “Statements without evidence are just opinions”

TES-logo-john-hattie-visible-learningIn an interview with the Times Educational Supplement — who once dubbed his work the “holy grail” — John Hattie says the praise for his book Visible Learning is “a bit ambitious”. But then he continues in his characteristic outspokenness to talk about teacher training as “the most bankrupt institution I know”, says educationalists spend too much time debating “things that don’t matter” and claims too many teachers waste time looking for the “magic bullet”. Speaking as a researcher and education expert Hattie says: “One of the things we need to work on as academics is speaking out on the basis of what our research says. I’m prepared to call it as I see it until someone proves otherwise. Statements without evidence are just opinions – there are too many of those in education and that’s what’s got us into trouble.”

You can read the full article “He’s not the messiah …” at www.tes.co.uk

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Visible Learning means an enhanced role for teachers as they become evaluators of their own teaching. Visible Teaching and Learning occurs when teachers see learning through the eyes of students and help them become their own teachers.

Visible Learning plus is a professional development programme for teachers. It provides an in-depth review and change model for schools based on John Hattie's research. With a seminar and support series the Visible Learning plus team helps schools to find out about the impact they are having on student achievement. www.visiblelearningplus.com