From Fragile Bridges to Alliances: Opening Institutional Opportunitiesa
Despite widely held ideals that youth should be able to advance through school based on their merits and freely explore and choose their future careers, many adolescents face institutional obstacles and restricted options for school and work. This chapter examines the fourth question of the book with recent research designed to overcome these obstacles by building institutional bridges along students’ pathways through school. In principle, such bridges can connect students’ families, schools, mentors, and peers along the path to college and help open the academic pipeline. In reality, these bridges may be very fragile, so finding ways to strengthen them is crucial. The chapter first examines how individual bridges of students’ families, schools, peers, and community mentors can offer youth emotional and instrumental support, and then how such bridges can be integrated in the form of P–20 partnerships and alliances. Finally, it considers how building a common language can strengthen alliances among researchers, educators, and policymakers.
Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.