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ERIC Number: EJ1119125
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1946-2077
The (Im)possible Pursuit of the College Degree: Exploring the Experiences of a Small Urban High School's Alumni
Rivera-McCutchen, Rosa L.
Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, v12 p88-98 2016
Bridges Institute is a small public urban high school founded in 1994 as part of the restructuring of a failing comprehensive high school. Part of a network of "critical" small schools in New York City, Bridges aims to interrupt the educational neglect of their students through carefully designed student-centered instruction and authentic assessment, as well as through active engagement in relevant social issues. While the school has experienced success at helping students "beat the odds," a previous study hinted that students faced considerable challenges in pursuing college degrees. The present study explores the issue more fully through an explicit examination of the college experiences of a group of Bridges alumni. Their perspectives on the challenges they faced, along with possible areas for action and further study, are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)
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