The aim of this website is to bring together the freely available online resources related to John Hattie’s Visible Learning research (videos, research papers, books and news articles) and to enable a deeper understanding of the underlying concepts. Disclaimer: This website is an independent web project and not in any way affiliated with John Hattie’s professional development program “Visible Learning Plus”.
Visible Learning was introduced by John Hattie in his groundbreaking meta study Visible Learning (2009). Hattie compared effect sizes of many aspects that influence learning outcomes. Hattie points out that in education most things work. The questions is which ones work best and where to concentrate our efforts.
When John Hattie’s first book Visible Learning was published in 2009 the Times Educational Supplement talked of nothing less than the “holy grail of education“. For an interview with John Hattie in 2012 TES titled “He’s not the messiah… but for many policymakers he comes close.” At least since he has published his follow up Visible Learning for Teachers (2012) that focuses on the underlying story behind the data. One of the main aspects of Visible Learning is a new understanding of the enhanced role of teachers: Teachers are most successful when they become evaluators of their own teaching.
During my own work with schools in Germany and the research for a book about students feedback I noticed that most teachers are highly interested to learn about “what works best in education” based on facts from the Visible Learning study. However, it is also a huge challenge for teachers, head teachers or school districts to bring Visible Learning aspects and a new role of teachers into the classroom. The question teachers asked most was: Where to start?
This website is aimed to help decide this question for your own school and share your experiences with other teachers. It provides useful background information that helps to bring the research into action. It is your impact on your students in your school.
Focus is crucial, so keep it simple! Take one aspect amongst the most powerful influences for students’ achievement that fits best to your current classroom or school.
If you have any questions or remarks about Visible Learning please contact us or leave a comment. If you want to share your own experiences with Visible Learning in your school with other teachers please send us an Email and we will publish your Visible Learning experience on this website. I am looking forward to hearing from you!
Sebastian Waack (CV)