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Renowned education expert Professor John Hattie has been appointed Director of research at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education.

John Hattie to head research unit at the University of Melbourne.

Renowned education expert Professor John Hattie has been appointed Director of research at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education.

Hattie is widely regarded as a leading education authority. His influential 2008 book, Visible Learning, is believed to be the world’s largest evidence-based study into what factors improve student learning.

Involving more than 80 million students from around the world and bringing together 50,000 smaller studies, the study found positive teacher-student interaction is the most important factor in effective teaching.

Currently a member of the Faculty of Education and Director of Visible Learning Labs at the University of Auckland, Hattie regularly advises governments in New Zealand, Australia and the US.

He has authored or co-authored 12 books and more than 500 papers, and said he is looking forward to supporting researchers in MGSE.

“There are so many excellent projects and people within the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, and it will be an exciting and enjoyable process to maximize their impact on education in Australia and beyond,” he said.