John Hattie

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John Hattie
Hattie in November 2014
Born1950 (age 73–74)
Timaru, New Zealand
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
ThesisDecision criteria for determining unidimensionality (1981)
Academic work
Doctoral studentsChristine Rubie-Davies
Melinda Webber[1]

John Allan Clinton Hattie ONZM (born 1950) is a New Zealand education academic. He has been a professor of education and director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia, since March 2011. He was previously professor of education at the University of Auckland, the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and the University of Western Australia. In addition to being lauded as a leading educational expert, previously John Hattie taught both middle school and high school as a classroom teacher for two years[2] before entering graduate studies.

Early life[edit]

Hattie was born in 1950 in Timaru, and attended Timaru Boys' High School.[3][4]

Academic career[edit]

John Hattie received his PhD degree in statistics from at the University of Toronto in 1981 on detecting unidimensionality.[5] His research focuses on performance indicators and evaluation in education, as well as creativity measurement and models of teaching and learning. He is a proponent of evidence-based quantitative research methodologies on the influences on student achievement. He led the team that created the Assessment Tools for Teaching and Learning research and development contract and which is currently deployed by the New Zealand Ministry of Education for use in schools.[6] Prior to his move to the University of Melbourne, Hattie was a member of the independent advisory group reporting to the New Zealand's Minister of Education on the national standards in reading, writing and maths for all primary school children in New Zealand.

Hattie undertook the largest ever synthesis of meta-analyses of quantitative measures of the effect of different factors on educational outcomes leading to his book Visible Learning.[7]

Hattie advised the Fifth National Government of New Zealand on national learning standards and performance-related pay for teachers.[3]

Visible Learning has come under criticism for mathematical flaws in the calculation of effect sizes and misleading presentation of meta-analyses in the book.[8]

In the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours, Hattie was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to education.[9]

Notable students of Hattie's include Christine Rubie-Davies and Melinda Webber.[10][11]

He is married to Professor Janet Clinton, also at the University of Melbourne.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Webber, Melinda (2011). Identity matters: Racial-ethnic representations among adolescents attending multi-ethnic high schools (PhD thesis). ResearchSpace@Auckland, University of Auckland.
  2. ^ "Curriculum Vitae John A. C. Hattie Mailing Address | PDF | University | Teachers". Scribd. Retrieved 21 September 2022.
  3. ^ a b Laxon, Andrew (6 February 2010). "Standards and the professor". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 20 December 2022.
  4. ^ "Former Timaru men honoured". Timaru Herald. Stuff. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2022.
  5. ^ Hattie, John Allen (April 1981). Decision Criteria for Determining Unidimensionality (Thesis).
  6. ^ "Home - e-asTTle". Retrieved 21 September 2022.
  7. ^ Hattie, John (2008). Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement. NY: Routledge. p. 392. ISBN 978-0-415-47618-8.
  8. ^ Bergeron, Pierre-Jérôme; Rivard (Trans. ), Lysanne (2017). "How to engage in pseudoscience with real data: a criticism of John Hattie's arguments in Visible Learning from the perspective of a statistician". McGill Journal of Education Vol 52, No 1 (2017) Bergeron. 52 (1). Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 2011". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  10. ^ Rubie, Christine (2003). Expecting the best : instructional practices, teacher beliefs and student outcomes (Doctoral thesis). ResearchSpace@Auckland, University of Auckland. hdl:2292/28.
  11. ^ Webber, Melinda (2011). Identity matters: Racial-ethnic representations among adolescents attending multi-ethnic high schools (PhD thesis). ResearchSpace@Auckland, University of Auckland.


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