What Is Visible Learning

The principles of Visible Learning will work to improve educational outcomes for children of any age, in any classroom, anywhere in the world. It explains the most significant evidence-based metacognition ideas about what actually works in schools and is the culmination of over 30 years work, synthesizing over 95,000 studies involving more than 300 million students globally.

It is for every practising teacher, school administrator, and education researcher. 

How does visible learning benefits teachers?

It enables 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 and improving classroom management strategies. Visible Teaching and Learning occurs when teachers see learning through the eyes of students and help them become their own teachers.

How does visible learning benefit school leaders?

It helps school leaders provide effective teaching across their school by empowering their teachers to take an enhanced role so that they become evaluators of their own teaching.  

What is the Visible Learning Series?

Based on over 30 years of research, this evidence-based series of 7 books provides complete coverage of all facets of visible learning. When the original Visible Learning research was first published in November 2008, it represented the culmination of 20 years work for John Hattie and became an instant bestseller. Douglas Reeves, the founder of the Leadership and Learning Center in the USA, described it as “the most important contribution to educational research and practice in decades." Since then, John has partnered with other experts to explain how Visible Learning and mindframes can best be applied in the classroom and how it can shape learning in other environments. They represent an amazing journey, but there is still much to do!

These books have had an impact on educational research, teaching, and teacher training unparalleled in academic publishing. Combined they have now sold a MILLION COPIES and have been translated into 22 languages including Chinese, Russian, Arabic, and Hebrew.

They have received acclaim from teachers, educators, and education commentators. The Times Educational Supplement in the UK described John Hattie’s research as “ Revealing teaching’s Holy Grail” and it was and continues to be, the most definitive evidence-based study ever into what works in our classrooms to improve learning.

Teacher Testimonials

"Education research suffers from an embarrassment of riches—there’s too much of it! John Hattie has been a resolute leader in summarizing this wealth of information into practical terms that are digestible yet reliably capture the essence of the literature. Better still, they translate readily to classroom practice! Hattie’s success and influence are richly deserved."

Dan Willingham: Professor of Psychology, University of West Virginia

"I’m not sure John knows his own impact - I can’t think of anyone in education on this planet with a higher effect size. We, teachers, needed a sieve to sort the research that helps teachers make a difference, from the research that doesn’t. John provided it and now we all know how to increase our own impact. Thank you John!"

Geoff Petty: Author of ‘Teaching Today’ and ‘Evidence-Based Teaching’

How will Visible Learning Benefit your students?

NEW - Published October 2019



Teaching resources for schoolsVisible Learning Guide to Student Achievement

Visible Learning Guide to Student Achievement critically examines the major influences shaping student achievement today. As educators throughout the world seek to enhance learning, the information contained in this book provides practitioners and policymakers with relevant material and research-based instructional strategies that can be readily applied in classrooms and schools to maximize achievement. 

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Visible Learning Insights

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.

Offering a concise introduction into the ‘Visible Learning Story’, the book provides busy teachers with a guide to why Visible Learning research is so vital and the difference it can make to learning outcomes.

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Teaching resources for schoolsVisible Learning Feedback

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.

Combining research excellence, theory, and vast teaching expertise, this book covers the principles and practicalities of feedback.

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10 mindframes for Visible Learning10 Mindframes for Visible Learning

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.

These powerful mindframes, which should underpin every action in schools, are founded on the principle that teachers are evaluators, change agents, learning experts, and seekers of feedback who are constantly engaged with dialogue and challenge.

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Visible Learning Series

  • Visible Learning Guide to Student Achievement

    Schools Edition, 1st Edition

    By John Hattie, Eric M. Anderman

    Visible Learning Guide to Student Achievement critically examines the major influences shaping student achievement today. A revision of the International Guide to Student Achievement, this updated edition provides readers with a more accessible compendium of research summaries – with a particular…

    Paperback – 2019-11-01
    Routledge

  • Visible Learning Insights

    1st Edition

    By John Hattie, 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…

    Paperback – 2019-05-13
    Routledge

  • Visible Learning: Feedback

    1st Edition

    By John Hattie, 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. Combining research excellence, theory and vast…

    Paperback – 2018-08-22
    Routledge

  • 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning

    Teaching for Success, 1st Edition

    By John Hattie, 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…

    Paperback – 2017-12-12
    Routledge

  • Visible Learning into Action

    International Case Studies of Impact, 1st Edition

    By John Hattie, Deb Masters, Kate Birch

    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,…

    Paperback – 2015-10-22
    Routledge

  • Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn

    1st Edition

    By John Hattie, Gregory C. R. Yates

    On publication in 2009 John Hattie’s Visible Learning presented the biggest ever collection of research into what actually work in schools to improve children’s learning. Not what was fashionable, not what political and educational vested interests wanted to champion, but what actually produced the…

    Paperback – 2013-09-27
    Routledge

  • Visible Learning for Teachers

    Maximizing Impact on Learning, 1st Edition

    By John Hattie

    In November 2008, John Hattie’s ground-breaking book Visible Learning synthesised the results of more than fifteen years research involving millions of students and represented the biggest ever collection of evidence-based research into what actually works in schools to improve learning.…

    Paperback – 2011-12-13
    Routledge

  • Visible Learning

    A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement, 1st Edition

    By John Hattie

    This unique and ground-breaking book is the result of 15 years research and synthesises over 800 meta-analyses on the influences on achievement in school-aged students. It builds a story about the power of teachers, feedback, and a model of learning and understanding. The research involves many…

    Paperback – 2008-11-18
    Routledge

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Testimonial

“In a world where educators are often tempted and encouraged to utilize the latest fads to support student learning, John Hattie’s Visible Learning books serve as exceptional resources. The books provide perhaps the most comprehensive and user-friendly summative information available regarding the efficacy of a broad range of instructional strategies. Every practicing teacher, school administrator, and education researcher should have these books on their shelves.”

Eric M. Anderman

Professor of Educational Psychology, The Ohio State University

"John Hattie has made a supersized contribution to the improvement of learning. Visible learning came crashing on the scene in 2009 and got the attention of all of us. What I especially like is how Hattie and team continue to be internally critical and externally open to considering all possibilities. Their new series in search of ’the Gold Standard’ is typical of Hattie’s commitment and skill in processing criticism and modeling continuous learning and improvement. A million books! Congratulations for a monumental achievement and the promise of more, and more"

Michael Fullan, OC. Professor Emeritus, OISE/University of Toronto.

"Hattie’s work enables us to see the effects of what teachers do in the classroom. His work on lesson preparation is one of those must-reads for all teachers. In teaching we are often looking for those light-bulb moments of illumination. Hattie has mapped the hidden wiring."

Huw Thomas

Former Headteacher, college lecturer and Diocesan Director of Education. 

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