An award-winning professor and an accomplished educator take us beyond the hype of reform and inside some of America’s most innovative classrooms to show what is workingand what isn’tin our schools.
What would it take to transform industrial-era schools into modern organizations capable of supporting deep learning for all? Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine’s quest to answer this question took them inside some of America’s most innovative schools and classroomsplaces where educators are rethinking both what and how students should learn.
The story they tell is alternately discouraging and hopeful. Drawing on hundreds of hours of observations and interviews at thirty different schools, Mehta and Fine reveal that deeper learning is more often the exception than the rule. And yet they find pockets of powerful learning at almost every school, often in electives and extracurriculars as well as in a few mold-breaking academic courses. These spaces achieve depth, the authors argue, because they emphasize purpose and choice, cultivate community, and draw on powerful traditions of apprenticeship. These outliers suggest that it is difficult but possible for schools and classrooms to achieve the integrations that support deep learning: rigor with joy, precision with play, mastery with identity and creativity.
This boldly humanistic book offers a rich account of what education can be. The first panoramic study of American public high schools since the 1980s, In Search of Deeper Learning lays out a new vision for American educationone that will set the agenda for schools of the future.
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About the Author
Sarah Fine is a faculty member at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education and a Lecturer in Education Studies at the University of California, San Diego. She has taught in Washington, D.C., and Chula Vista, California.
Table of Contents
1 The State of Deeper Learning in American High Schools 10
2 The Progressive Frontier: Project-Based Learning 45
3 No Excuses Schools: Benefits and Tradeoffs 98
4 International Baccalaureate: A System for Deeper Learning? 157
5 The Comprehensive High School: Performance versus Learning 196
6 Deeper Learning at the Margins: Why the Periphery Is More Vital than the Core 252
7 Deeper Teaching: Rigor, Joy, and Apprenticeship 308
8 Mastery, Identity, Creativity, and the Future of Schooling 362
Appendix: Methodology 403