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Bridging Multiple WorldsCultures, Identities, and Pathways to College$
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Catherine R. Cooper

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195080209

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195080209.001.0001

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From Fragile Bridges to Alliances: Opening Institutional Opportunities a

From Fragile Bridges to Alliances: Opening Institutional Opportunities a

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Bridging Multiple Worlds

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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.

Keywords:   institutional opportunities, pathways to colleges, alliances, mentoring, education gap

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