Youth, Education, and the Role of Society

Youth, Education, and the Role of Society Rethinking Learning in the High School Years

Robert Halpern
paper, 264 Pages
Pub. Date: May 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-536-7
Price: $33.00

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Youth, Education, and the Role of Society examines the “learning landscape” currently available to American adolescents, arguing that we need to expand, enrich, and diversify the learning opportunities available to young people today.


In his newest book, Youth, Education and the Role of Society, Robert Halpern has struck a rich chord with the work many of us must continue to do to advance productive learning for all youth. This wonderfully informative book lays out ways in which school and nonschool learning urgently need to be connected to improve the life pathways for all our high school–age youth. — Elliot Washor, codirector, Big Picture Learning

Robert Halpern makes an enormously powerful, persuasive case for work-based learning as central to the healthy development of adolescents. This is a must-read book for policy makers and practitioners searching for a new path for the revitalization of the American high school. — Robert B. Schwartz, cochair, Pathways to Prosperity State Network, and professor of practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Robert Halpern writes with clarity and passion about the developmental needs of adolescents and how society can create institutional pathways to support those needs. This new offering is perfectly timed to guide the national debates about dropout prevention, out-of-school-time programs, high school reforms, and expanding learning opportunities for young people. — Robert C. Granger, president, William T. Grant Foundation

Writing in a style that is at once accessible, engaging, and grounded in current educational theory, Halpern advocates for reconnecting schools to adult life and reinventing vocational education.  — Carolyne Ali-Khan, Teachers College Record

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About the Author

Robert Halpern is a professor at the Erikson Institute for Graduate Study in Child Development in Chicago. His research focuses on the nature of good learning and developmental experiences during the high school years. He is the author of The Means To Grow Up: Reinventing Apprenticeship As A Developmental Support in Adolescence (Routledge, 2009); Making Play Work: The Promise of After-School Programs for Low-Income Children (Teachers College Press, 2003); Fragile Families, Fragile Solutions: A History of Supportive Services for Families in Poverty (Columbia University Press, 1998); and Rebuilding the Inner City: A History of Neighborhood Initiatives to Address Poverty in the United States (Columbia University Press, 1995), among many other works.

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