1st Edition

Visible Learning into Action International Case Studies of Impact

By John Hattie, Deb Masters, Kate Birch Copyright 2016
    330 Pages 6 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    330 Pages 6 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Recently at the Visible Learning Conference, Professor John Hattie stood up in his opening address and said, "I’m looking at you all and thinking ‘What if I got this wrong?’" I feel the same way when educators ask to visit and I always end up in the same place – that Keilor Views is a living, breathing example that he didn’t. -- Charles Branciforte, Principal of Keilor Views Primary School, Melbourne, Australia

    Visible Learning into Action takes the next step in the evolving Visible Learning story. It translates one of the biggest and most critically acclaimed education research projects ever undertaken into case studies of actual success stories, implementing John Hattie’s ideas in the classrooms of schools all around the world.

    The evidenced case studies presented in this book describe the Visible Learning journeys of fifteen schools from Australia, USA, Hong Kong, UK, Sweden, New Zealand and Norway and are representative of the VL international community of schools in their quest to ensure all of their students exceed their potential for academic success. Each school’s story will inform and inspire, bringing to life the discussions, actions and reflections from leaders, teachers, students and families.

    This book features extensive, interactive appendices containing study guide questions to encourage critical thinking, annotated endnotes with recommendations for further reading and links to YouTube and relevant websites. Drawing on the latest research into the major principles and strategies of learning, this essential resource is structured into five parts:

    • Know thy impact;
    • Effective feedback;
    • Visible learners;
    • Inspired and passionate teachers;
    • The Visible Learning School.

    Visible Learning into Action is aimed at any student, teacher or parent requiring an up-to-date commentary on how research into human learning processes can inform our teaching and what goes on in our schools.

    The research perspective, by John Hattie

    The professional development model, by Deb Masters

    Stories from practice, by Kate Birch

    Part 1: Know thy impact

    Chapter One: Keilor Views Primary School, Australia

    Chapter Two: Discovery College, Hong Kong

    Chapter Three: Sadadeen Primary School, Australia

    Part Two: Effective feedback

    Chapter Four: Monmia Primary School, Australia

    Chapter Five: Presbyterian Ladies College, Australia

    Part Three: Visible learners

    Chapter Six: Stonefields School

    Chapter Seven: Gustav Vasaskolan, Sweden

    Chapter Eight: Hodge Hill Primary School, England, UK.

    Chapter Nine: Asgard Skole, Norway.

    Part Four: Inspired and passionate teachers

    Chapter Ten: Clevedon School, New Zealand

    Chapter Eleven: Moberly District, Missouri, USA.

    Chapter Twelve: Wolford Elementary School, Texas, USA.

    Part Five: The Visible Learning School

    Chapter Thirteen: Oxley College, NSW, Australia

    Chapter Fourteen: Wodonga Primary School, Victoria, Australia

    Chapter Fifteen: Tobermory High School, Scotland, U.K.


    John Hattie is Professor and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia and chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership. He is the author of Visible Learning, Visible Learning for Teachers, and Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn, and co-editor of the International Guide to Student Achievement.

    Deb Masters is a principal consultant at Cognition Education and the Global Director of Visible Learningplus. She has established the internationally-acclaimed Visible Learningplus school change model.

    Kate Birch is an education consultant in the Visible Learningplus team at Cognition Education. She also works as an independent literacy consultant in schools.

    "Forget romantic, utopian evangelism; this is a pragmatic and passionate examination of what excellent practice looks like in reality." - Teachwire.net

    "This text translates one of the biggest and most critically acclaimed education research projects ever undertaken into actual success stories [...] A hugely informative and fascinating read." - Martine Horvath, Early Years Educator