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What doesn't work in education : the politics of distraction / John Hattie.

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Record Number 17484
Author Hattie, John
Title What doesn't work in education : the politics of distraction / John Hattie. [ElectronicResource]
Published London : Pearson, 2015.
Collation 37 p. [PDF]
Series Open ideas
Summary Note "In my travels I have met with many political leaders and department officials and continue to be impressed with their commitment to improving their education systems, their desire to make them world-leading and their dedication to improving outcomes for students. But they struggle to have the hard, somewhat uncomfortable discussions about the variability in the effectiveness of what happens at the classroom level and instead focus on policies which are politically attractive but which have been shown to have little effect on improving student learning - structural ‘fixes’ such as more money, different forms of schooling, different types of buildings, performance pay for teachers, setting standards, privileging a few subjects, more assessments, more technology, lower class size, greater school choice, or longer school days, to list just a few. These are typically expensive proposals, which the evidence shows have minimal effect on improving student learning. These distract us from implementing policies that can make a significant difference, defined here as interventions with an effect size of at least 0.4, the average expected effect size for one year of progress in school. This commitment to the commonly heard list of fixes is part of the politics of distraction" - p. 1.
Topical Term Academic achievement
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