Shifting away from distractions to improve Australia's schools
Dean's Lecture Series 2016
Jack Keating Memorial Lecture
Presented by Laureate Professor John Hattie
The too long school reforms have been focused on structural solutions such as curricula, assessment, class size, autonomy and parental choice. However, after decades of investing in these popular policy fixes the best that can be said for Australia is that the achievement and engagement of our students is declining. This lecture argues for the need to invest in teacher education, and the expertise of teachers and school leaders.
This Jack Keating Memorial Lecture is presented in partnership with the Australian College of Educators (ACE).
Laureate Professor John Hattie
Melbourne Education Research Institute
Melbourne Graduate School of Education
The University of Melbourne
Laureate Professor John Hattie's work is internationally acclaimed. His influential 2008 book Visible Learning: A synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement is believed to be the world’s largest evidence-based study into the factors that improve student learning. Hailed by the Times Education Supplement as “teaching’s Holy Grail”, this ground-breaking study involved more than 80 million students from around the world and brought together 50,000 smaller studies. Visible Learning found that positive teacher-student interaction is the most important factor in effective teaching.
Since 2011, Professor Hattie has been Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne. He is also the Chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), through which he provides national leadership in promoting excellence so that teachers and school leaders have maximum impact on learning. He is also past-president of the International Test Commission and Associate Editor of the British Journal of Educational Psychology and American Educational Research Journal.
Professor Hattie was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours, is a Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders and the American Psychological Association, and has published and presented over 500 papers, and supervised 190 thesis students.
Tuesday 21 June, 6-7pm
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