What is deeper learning, and how can it transform education?

deeper-learningNew research reveals that students who attend schools with a focus on deeper learning are more likely to graduate on time and demonstrate higher achievement and test scores, as well as an increased likelihood of college attendance.

The research from the American Institutes for Research (AIR), packaged in a series of three reports, also examines deeper learning’s impact on educational opportunity and 21st-century skills including critical thinking and problem solving.

Deeper learning, as defined in the report, focuses on educational outcomes involving “a deeper understanding of core academic content, the ability to apply that understanding to novel problems and situations, and the development of a range of competencies, including people skills and self control.”

(Next page: What the reports reveal about deeper learning in schools)