What if John Hattie is right for the wrong reasons?

Filling the pail

I have a lot to thank John Hattie for. Through his 2008 book, Visible Learning, I was introduced to the world of education research. It was a reference in this book that enabled me to track down the 2006 article by Kirschner, Sweller and Clark, Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work, an article that has had such an influence on me that I am now completing a PhD in cognitive load theory. Visible Learning has served as a springboard for a range of personal investigations, from tracking down Carl Bereiter’s views on thinking skills programmes to reading about Engelmann’s Direct Instruction. It should be on the shelf of anyone with an interest in education research.

It is also the case that many, if by no means all, of the findings in Visible Learning fit with my own views about education. When I first encountered the book…

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