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"The significance of this book, The Purposes of Education," writes Jenny Mackness, "is that Steen Larsen is (or at least has been) a fierce critic of John Hattie's work." Hattie, of course, "is known for his evidence-based quantitative research on student achievement and his book Visible Learning," According to Mackness, Larsen argues that "students, teachers and researchers are blind to each other's rationales. 'The teacher and the learner do not see the world in the same perspective'." Hence, most of the value of learning is precisely not visible. " Surely as Larsen says, 'The purpose of education is much more demanding and challenging than enhancing visible learning processes and results.'" This book, published in 2020, will be discussed by the online Philosophy of Education Reading Network next week.

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