Have you ever wondered what doesn't work and what works best in education?
Well, Professor John Hattie has and in 2015 he wrote about it in two papers:
- "What doesn’t work in education: The politics of distraction".
- "What works best in education: The politics of collaborative expertise".
John Hattie is the Director of the Melbourne Educational Research Institute at the University of Melbourne.
He’s also the Chair of the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leaders, and co director of the Science of Learning Research Centre.
His work is known worldwide.
The titles sound provocative and controversial. But the message is quite simple. One year of input should equal one year of progress, for all students, no matter where they start.
It sounds obvious, but John Hattie argues we are too easily distracted from the real issues. And we don’t harness the power of collaborating with our best educators to create what he calls a "coalition of the successful".
I caught up with John at the Improving Initial Teacher Education conference in Melbourne, in April 2016. He spoke to me on the Learning Capacity podcast where we dug a little bit deeper into these two papers.
Listen to the podcast.