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In Search of Deeper Learning

The Quest to Remake the American High School

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$29.95 • £23.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674988392

Publication Date: 04/09/2019


464 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

1 illus., 8 tables


In their brave search for depth in American high schools, scholars Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine suffered many disappointments… Undeterred, they spent 750 hours observing classes, interviewed more than 300 people, and produced the best book on high school dynamics I have ever read.—Jay Mathews, The Washington Post

A hopeful, easy-to-read narrative on what the best teachers do and what deep, engaging learning looks like for students. Grab this text if you’re looking for a celebration of what’s possible in American schools.—Marissa King, Edutopia

Having discovered how the best environments promote deeper learning, Mehta and Fine suggest ways teachers and schools can apply some of these principles to their classrooms and hallways.—Linda Flanagan, MindShift

Compellingly argued, thoroughly researched, and accessibly written… Offers a clear set of ideas for moving forward if we make the goal of deeper learning a priority in American education.—Lisa M. Nunn, Contemporary Sociology

This vision of teaching offers some hope for the future… This work will challenge educators to rethink how adolescents should learn… For those who are ready to transform schools.Library Journal

Lucid and engaging… The authors offer lively vignettes, a framework grounded in history and research, and a powerful, precise, and organized critical analysis. Mehta and Fine’s account of a holistic model for cultivating ‘learners ready to meet the challenges of the modern world’ will be as accessible to an intelligent parent as to a school board administrator.Publishers Weekly

Not since The Good High School and Horace’s Compromise in the 1980s has there been a book which so comprehensively examines the American high school. In Search of Deeper Learning offers vivid examples of joyful and engaging classrooms along with keen insights about what it will take to make these kinds of classrooms the norm rather than the exception in our schools. A must-read for anyone interested in the fate of the American high school.—Linda Darling-Hammond, President and CEO, Learning Policy Institute

In Search of Deeper Learning is both theoretically sophisticated and deeply accessible. This is the first and only book to depict not just the constraints on good teaching, but also how good teachers transcend them. A superb book in every way: timely, lively, and entertaining.—Jonathan Zimmerman, University of Pennsylvania

This book is a remarkably fresh, balanced, research-based look at American high schools. It is a powerful provocation for discussing what a good high school is, and what good teaching looks like. Every high school faculty should use it as a common read: it will open minds and shatter stereotypes.—Ron Berger, Chief Academic Officer, EL Education

In Search of Deeper Learning is a dazzling book that takes us on a fantastic journey into what the depths of learning look like, and why they are so tantalizingly beyond our current collective grasp. Read every page of this stunning portrayal of what would be required to save society through deep learning, while recognizing the sandbags of inertia that laden the status quo.—Michael Fullan, Global Leadership Director, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning

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