Just interesting reading
This is an excellent book. It is an attempt to distil the key messages from the vast array of studies that have been undertaken across the world into all the different factors that lead to educational achievement. As you would hope and expect, the book contains details of the statistical methodology underpinning a meta-analysis and the whole notion of ‘effect size’ that drives the thinking in the book. There is a discussion about what is measurable and how effect size can be interpreted in different ways. The key outcomes are interesting, suggesting a number of key factors that are likely to make the greatest impact in classrooms and more widely in the lives of learners.
My main interest here is to explore what Hattie says about homework. This stems from a difficulty I have when I hear or read, fairly often, that ‘research shows that homework makes no difference’. It…
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