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"The book is full of useful insights and ideas and is both readable and accessible. I recommend it to teacher trainees as well as trained teachers for continuing professional development and reflective practice." - Helen Williams, Teacher Training Co-ordinator at West Herts College and an Institute for Learning Fellow
"This book should be on the compulsory reading list for all students undertaking teacher education courses in Australia and elsewhere. In addition, it will be of great value to teachers who are already serving―because they can now access essential information about learning and teaching that was almost certainly neglected in the methodology courses they undertook in their pre-service years. A third group of educators who would benefit greatly from exposure to the book are the teacher-educators who currently deliver such methodology courses." - Peter Westwood, freelance writer and editor, Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties
"There is so much of interest here that you will find it difficult to put this book down. The questions are timely and relevant, and the answers, while often surprising, occassionally irritating, and sometimes amazing, are always worth knowing." - Graeme Whyte, Rudolf Steiner Schools, Special Children Magazine
"…this book is an accessible collection of engaging examples drawn from a broad body of cognitive, social and even biological (see the section on mirror neurons) psychology research with important implications for teaching and learning. ‘The strength of this book lies in its fascinating cast of research characters; chameleons, gorillas, and monkeys all have their parts to play in helping the reader understand and apply principles of learning. ‘The book has helpful pedagogical strategies embedded throughout and is most appropriate for readers new to this area of research. Experts who are familiar with the basic tenets of cognitive psychology or who closely follow current developments in the scholarship of teaching and learning may find many of the examples familiar, however with such a broad array of research presented, even seasoned researchers will likely find something new to explore." - Melissa Birkett, Department of Psychology, Nortern Arizona University, Psychology Leaning and Teaching
"This is a worthwhile and useful volume. It covers the field of what makes teachers effective in the classroom. Its strength is in (1) making often complex concepts accessible in both writing and the format of the book; (2) providing balanced, research-informed coverage of concepts related to the complex acts of teaching and learning, and (3) helping teachers and instructors make the shift from over-focusing on the teaching act to appreciation and understanding of the process of learning as experienced by students." - Reflective Teaching
"I will never forget the moment that I discovered John Hattie's work. It completely blew my mind, the fact that all of this research was out there and could inform my teaching. This fantastic updated edition brings in a whole raft of key ideas from cognitive science. This book makes a fantastic summer read - fill yourself with excitement about new possibilities for unlocking new learning next year." - David Weston, author
"Chunky and unashamedly academic in appearance 'Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn' (2014) doesn’t scream ‘holiday reading’. Nevertheless this book by John Hattie and Gregory Yates is surprisingly hard to put down. Combining the lessons of Hattie’s extraordinary Visible Learning project with insights from cognitive science, there are particularly powerful sections on relationships, feedback, memory, confidence and self-control. As in all of Hattie’s work, the style combines rigour with readability, passion with precision." - Matt Lloyd-Rose, social researcher, NGO leader and writer.
About the Author
John Hattie is Professor and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and Deputy Director of the Science of Learning Research Centre. He is the author of Visible Learning and Visible Learning for Teachers, and co-editor (with Eric Anderman) of the International Guide to Student Achievement, all published by Routledge.
Gregory C. R. Yates is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of South Australia. He is on the editorial board of Educational Psychology and has contributed a number of papers in the area of cognitive information processing and social learning theory.