About Deeper Learning
Trends in the economy mean that the fastest-growing jobs are those that require problem solving and critical thinking, while those that require only routine manual skills will be in decline.
A 2012 report by the National Research Council concluded that deeper learning competencies—the ability to apply knowledge to new situations—are associated with better life and work outcomes.
Understanding the Need
On the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a test that measures students’ abilities to apply their knowledge to real-world problems, U.S. fifteen-year-olds were 26th of 34 industrialized countries in mathematics.
Only 5 percent of U.S. low-income students performed in the top quartile on PISA, less than the proportion in other industrialized countries.
Deeper Learning in Schools
A 2014 study by the American Institutes of Research found that students in deeper learning schools graduated from high school and attended selective colleges at higher rates than comparable students in non-deeper learning schools.
A hallmark of deeper learning schools is the emphasis on encouraging students to take responsibility for their own learning, according to Monica R. Martinez and Dennis McGrath, the authors of Deeper Learning.