Visible Learning Books by John Hattie

Professor John Hattie is an internationally-acclaimed education researcher who has written extensively on the subject of visible learning. Throughout three decades of empirical education research, he has published bestselling books that explore the science of learning and how it can be applied to improve educational systems and individual student outcomes.

His first book Visible Learning was described in 2008 by the Times Education Supplement as "education's equivalent to the search for the Holy Grail".  It was the culmination of 15 years of research into the influences on achievement in school-aged students. In 2011 he followed up with Visible Learning for Teachers to bring the ground-breaking concepts to a new audience of school teachers by delving deeper into pupil motivation, curriculum, meta-cognitive strategies, behavior, teaching strategies and classroom management. 

In total, Hattie's books are informed by over 130,000 studies involving 400 million students globally. They're excellent resources for teachers, students, educational leaders and parents who are interested in learning more about the science of education.

In 2023 John Hattie returns to his ground-breaking work with Visible Learning – The Sequel. In it he reflects on how his work has been understood - and at times misunderstood - and explores what future directions research should take. 

11 Important John Hattie Books on Visible Learning

1. Visible Learning: The Sequel by John Hattie

John Hattie returns to his ground-breaking work to update and reflect on its transformative journey from research into practice into changing lives. He explores how his work has been understood - and at times misunderstood - and what future directions research should take.

He explains the concept and technique of deep implementation, and highlights important findings such as the importance of collective efficacy within schools to ensure that at least a years growth is delivered for a years impact and that the way educators think about their role and impact, their ‘mindframe’, is one of the most important factors in bringing about change.

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2. Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning by John Hattie

Visible Learning for Teachers was John Hattie's second book on visible learning and brings the ground breaking concepts to a completely new audience. Written for teachers in the classroom and in training, it explains how to apply the principles to any classroom anywhere in the world.

John Hattie offers concise and user-friendly summaries of the most successful interventions and provides practical step-by-step guidance to the successful implementation of visible learning and visible teaching in the classroom.

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3. Visible Learning Insights by John Hattie and Klaus Zierer

Visible Learning Insights presents a fascinating ‘inside view’ of the ground-breaking research of John Hattie. Together, the authors John Hattie and Klaus Zierer embark on a mission to build on the internationally renowned work and combine the power and authority of the research with the real ‘coal face’ experience of schools.

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4. Visible Learning Feedback by John Hattie and Shirley Clarke

Feedback is arguably the most critical and powerful aspect of teaching and learning. Yet, there remains a paradox: why is feedback so powerful, and why is it so variable? It is this paradox which Visible Learning: Feedback aims to unravel and resolve.

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5. Visible Learning Guide to Student Achievement by John Hattie and Eric M. Anderman

Written by teachers working with researchers to incorporate the latest evidence from psychology and neuroscience, it explains how our growing understanding of the brain can be applied to improve cognitive performance and attainment, foster a love of learning and enable a healthy and productive approach to personal development - improving the learning outcomes for all.

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6. 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning by John Hattie and Klaus Zierer

The original Visible Learning research concluded that one of the most important influencers of student achievement is how teachers think about learning and their own role. In Ten Mindframes for Visible Learning, John Hattie and Klaus Zierer define the ten behaviors or mindframes that teachers need to adopt in order to maximize student success.

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7. Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn by John Hattie and Gregory Yates

John Hattie joins forces with cognitive psychologist Greg Yates to build on the original data and legacy of the Visible Learning project, showing how it’s underlying ideas and the cutting edge of cognitive science can form a powerful and complimentary framework for shaping learning in the classroom and beyond.

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8. Visible Learning into Action: International Case Studies of Impact by John Hattie, deb Masters and Kate Birch

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.

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9. 10 Steps to Develop Great Learners: Visible Learning for Parents by John Hattie and Kyle Hattie

Writing this book with his own son Kyle, himself a respected teacher, the Hatties offer a 10-step plan to nurturing curiosity and intellectual ambition and providing a home environment that encourages and values learning. These simple steps based on the strongest of research evidence and packed full of practical advice can be followed by any parent or carer to support and enhance learning and maximize the potential of their children.

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10. The Lean Education Manifesto: A Synthesis of 900+ Systematic Reviews for Visible Learning in Developing Countries by Arran Hamilton and John Hattie

In a context where education funding is stagnating and even declining, Arran Hamilton and John Hattie suggest that we need to start thinking Lean and explicitly look for ways of unlocking more from less. Drawing on data from 900+ systematic reviews of 53,000+ research studies – from the perspective of efficiency of impact – they suggest a number of potential approaches for low- and middle-income countries.

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11. Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement by John Hattie

The original ground-breaking book published in 2008 was the result of 15 years research and synthesised over 800 meta-analyses on the influences on achievement in school-aged students. Still popular, It builds a story about the power of teachers, feedback, and a model of learning and understanding.

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Reviews and Comments on John Hattie Books

"John Hattie’s Visible Learning is a splendid book for educators and scholars…Education researchers have steadily accumulated many findings, which have been synthesized during the last few decades. Hattie must have engaged in a huge effort to bring these syntheses together in this book, but enables its readers to plan new research as well as educational practice." — Herbert J. Walberg, Education Review.

"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 rigor with readability, passion with precision." — Matt Lloyd-Rose, social researcher, NGO leader and writer.

Overview of John Hattie’s Approach to Education

John Hattie’s approach to education is based on the premise that all teachers can improve their teaching practices by applying evidence-informed principles. This is done by engaging in ongoing reflection on their own teaching practices and by observing the learning outcomes of their students. That way, teachers can identify areas of strength and weakness in their instruction to continually improve their skills over time.

"By knowing what we do not know, we can learn; if we were to make no errors, we would be less likely to learn (or even to need to learn) – and we probably are not involved in challenge if there is not an element of being wrong and not succeeding.” — John Hattie, Visible Learning for Teachers.

For more information about how to adopt visible learning in the classroom and practical strategies for implementation, read our post on visible learning for teachers.

Other books by John Hattie

The Purposes of Education: A Conversation Between John Hattie and Steen Nepper Larsen

This wide-ranging and informative book offers fundamental propositions about the nature of education. It maps out in fascinating detail a coming together of Hattie’s empirical data and world-famous Visible Learning paradigm with the rich heritage of educational philosophy. Additionally, it explores the inevitable questions of the purpose of education and the development of students in a learning society.

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The Turning Point for the Teaching Profession

Field Rickards, John Hattie, and Catherine Reid present the factors needed to affect real change for school systems, in classrooms, and in the teaching profession by:

  • Arguing for the establishment of teaching as a true 'profession' alongside areas such as medicine or law.
  • Identifying the expertise fundamental to the meeting demands of schools.
  • Elaborating on evaluative thinking and clinical practice as the basis of this new profession.
  • Outlining core levers of change to show how teachers can have profound impacts on educational, medical, and social dimensions of students.
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More Visible Learning Resources from Routledge

This guide is for teachers and school leaders who are new to the Visible Learning concept or would like to refresh their knowledge. Updated in 2023 to include a chapter from Visible Learning: The Sequel this curated collection of chapters from John Hattie and his co-authors, will help teachers to see the effects of what they do in the classroom so that they can increase their impact and make a real difference to their students.

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