Visible Learning for Science, Grades K-12

Visible Learning for Science, Grades K-12 : What Works Best to Optimize Student Learning

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In Visible Learning for Science, the authors reveal that it's not about which strategy to use, but when to use it, and plot a vital K-12 framework for choosing the right approach at the right time, depending on where students are within the three phases of learning: surface, deep, and transfer. Synthesizing state-of-the-art science instruction and assessment with over fifteen years of John Hattie's cornerstone educational research, this framework for maximum learning spans the range of topics in the life and physical sciences. Employing classroom examples from all grade levels, the authors empower teachers to plan, develop, and implement high-impact instruction for each phase of the learning cycle.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 187 x 231 x 17.78mm | 440g
  • Corwin Press Inc
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • 1506394183
  • 9781506394183
  • 52,078

Table of contents

List of Videos
About the Authors
Chapter 1. Science Learning Made Visible
Visible Learning
Surface, Deep, and Transfer
Challenging Tasks
Science Is More Than Demonstrations and Labs
The Role of Social Skills in Science
Teacher Clarity
Reflection Questions
Chapter 2. Science Surface Learning Made Visible
Surface Learning in Science
Selecting Science Tasks That Promote Surface Learning
Surface Learning in Science Made Visible
Scientific Processes and Thinking
Reflection Questions
Chapter 3. Science Deep Learning Made Visible
Deep Learning in Science
Selecting Science Tasks That Promote Deep Learning
Deep Learning in Science Made Visible
Scientific Processes and Thinking
Reflection Questions
Chapter 4. Science Transfer Learning Made Visible
Transfer Learning
Types of Transfer: Near and Far
The Paths for Transfer: Low-Road Hugging and High-Road Bridging
Managing Misconceptions
Conditions Necessary for Transfer Learning
Selecting Science Tasks That Promote Transfer Learning
Helping Students Transform Scientific Understanding
Scientific Processes and Thinking
Reflection Questions
Chapter 5. Science Learning Made Visible Through Evaluation
Determining Impact
Calculating the Effect Size
Selecting Evaluations That Promote
Response to Intervention in the Science Classroom
Learning From What Doesn't Work
Reflection Questions
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"Visible Learning for Science is a great science methods text with its many, many great examples and excellent inclusion of research. I would definitely use this book in the classroom!" -- Dr. Rita Hagevik, Associate Professor and Graduate Director of Science Education, University of North Carolina at Pembroke "The authors have written a book with research to support that various learning techniques are effective at different times. Its lack of `an all or nothing' approach truly impresses. This book reminds teachers to make relevance obvious when teaching science standards and that mistakes are necessary for learning to occur. It is so relevant in today's school climate and is an easy read for busy teachers who are trying to do the best they can for their students." -- Mandy Frantti, Teacher, Munising Public Schools
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About John T. Almarode

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Dr. John Almarode has worked with schools, classrooms, and teachers all over the world. John began his career in Augusta County, Virginia, teaching mathematics and science to a wide-range of students. Since then, he has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on the application of the science of learning to the classroom, school, and home environments. He has worked with hundreds of school districts and thousands of teachers across the world. The work of John and his colleagues has been presented to the United States Congress, The United States Department of Education, as well as the Office of Science and Technology Policy at The White House. John has authored multiple articles, reports, book chapters, and books. However, what really sustains John, and his greatest accomplishment is his family. John lives in Waynsboro, Virginia with his wife Danielle, a fellow educator, their two children, Tessa and Jackson, and Labrador retrievers, Angel and Forest.

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Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He has served as a teacher, language development specialist, and administrator in public schools and non-profit organizations, including 8 years as the Director of Professional Development for the City Heights Collaborative, a time of increased student achievement in some of San Diego's urban schools. Doug has engaged in Professional Learning Communities for several decades, building teams that design and implement systems to impact teaching and learning. He has published numerous books on teaching and learning, such as Assessment-capable Visible Learners and Engagement by Design.

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a Professor in Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. She has been a special education teacher, reading specialist, and administrator in public schools. Nancy has engaged in Professional Learning Communities as a member and in designing schoolwide systems to improve teaching and learning for all students. She has published numerous books, including The Teacher Clarity Playbook and Rigorous Reading. Professor John Hattie is an award-winning education researcher and best-selling author with nearly 30 years of experience examining what works best in student learning and achievement. His research, better known as Visible Learning, is a culmination of nearly 30 years synthesizing more than 1,500 meta-analyses comprising more than 90,000 studies involving over 300 million students around the world. He has presented and keynoted in over 350 international conferences and has received numerous recognitions for his contributions to education. His notable publications include Visible Learning, Visible Learning for Teachers, Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn, Visible Learning for Mathematics, Grades K-12, and, most recently, 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning. Learn more about his research at
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