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In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School

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"The best book on high school dynamics I have ever read."--Jay Mathews, Washington Post

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 working--and what isn't--in our schools.

What would it take to transform industrial-era schools into modern organizations
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Harvard University Press
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Joshua Rosen
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think teachers often go into books about teaching searching for flaws, looking for analysis that isnt borne out in our experiences. I guess its natural, reading books like this can be difficult, they prod us where we are most sensitive, they find the most insecure areas of our practice and proclaim all the ways we need to improve. So I guess at first to protect myself I was looking for reasons to disagree. There were flashes of my own experience in the examples of shallow learning that were ...more
Amy Grondin
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good read, one that both confirmed some things I've been thinking about my practice as a teacher and my experience in schools, but which also made me consider some new things. I found it both sobering and inspiring. Sobering, because from the very first chapter of the book, the authors admit that when they went looking for "deeper learning," including in some places that they eagerly expected to find it (highly acclaimed schools, etc), it was thin on the ground. Sobering also because ...more
Andrew Laudel
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Mehta and Fine write a masterful analysis of learning experiences from their observations in over 30 schools over a period of six years. They explore what makes particular classrooms and teachers effective, ultimately making a case for their vision of transformative learning through example case studies. They also argue for how schools and school systems can best create cultures that either foster or inhibit deep teacher practice. Their narrative descriptions of excellent practice add much ...more
Hunter Dewey
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Would received a higher score, if at the end it did not bash Republican views. The book argues to have an education that is more open and accepting of differences ; however, the authors thought it was professional to bash the Republican Party is not accepting of different political views. Besides that it was very interesting to show that comprehensive high schools might still be the best method of learning. All it requires its a big change in teaching methodology and assessment to prepare ...more
spike marlin
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book. Recently released it delves into the issue of deeper learning in American schools. It suggests that some schools are indeed trying to change the grammar of schooling from the transmission of knowledge to creators of knowledge. The book offers up some examples of how some schools are doing this and then making some observation as to their success in creating deeper learning. And interesting read that leaves one with important and timely things to think about. ...more
Joaquin Guerra Achem
This book is a great read to envision what education should be in the 21st century.

As an educator, I enjoyed reading this book. It provides a clear perspective of what modern education should be. Deeper learning is a paradigm shift we must embrace.
Dave Moyer
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every high school educator should read this book, and educators and legislators in general should make this required reading. One of the best education books I have read in a while. And, I assume nobody will listen. But, read it anyway, I guess.
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read for educators!
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice to see research on these topics that come off as buzzwords. I found their review of the different schools interesting.
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Jal Mehta is Assistant Professor of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the co-editor of The Futures of School Reform.

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