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Teachers make a difference: What is the research evidence?

Hattie, J

Document type:
Conference paper

John Hattie delivered this paper at the 2003 Australian Council for Educational Research conference Building Teaching Quality: What Does the Research Tell Us. 

He speaks about the journey he has taken from identifying the relative power of the teacher, to a reflection on the qualities of excellence among teachers, and focuses mainly on a study undertaken in the classroom of America’s very best teachers. He explains that his search has been driven by the goal of ascertaining the attributes of excellence – because if the location of these goal posts can be discovered, and the  height of the bar of the goal posts understood, then this provides the basis for developing appropriate professional development, the basis for teacher education programs to highlight that which truly makes the difference, the basis for extolling that the teaching profession truly does have recognisable excellence which can be identified in defensible ways, and the basis for a renewed focus on the success of teachers to make the difference. [Paper]

Click here for the 2003 Conference proceedings.

This research informed the development of resources in AITSL’s Teacher Toolkit.