Effective Schools for Deeper Learning: An Exploratory Study

To become truly well prepared for life after high school, students must develop a combination of intellectual, interpersonal, and intrapersonal capacities, including some that are not measured by multiple choice academic achievement tests. These sets of skills and dispositions have been grouped together under the term deeper learning. This installment of the Deeper Learning Research Series proposes a strategy by which to strengthen the research base on deeper learning so that it can better inform efforts to improve secondary education. This paper specifically describes a means by which to locate ordinary high schools (i.e., regular, comprehensive, non-selective schools, with no special resources, that provide their students with strong opportunities to learn deeply), in the hope that identified researchers can learn from these schools’ successes.

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