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Toxic SchoolsHigh-Poverty Education in New York and Amsterdam$
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Bowen Paulle

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226066387

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226066554.001.0001

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Introduction: Getting Situated

Introduction: Getting Situated

(p.1) One Introduction: Getting Situated
Toxic Schools

Bowen Paulle

University of Chicago Press

This chapter contextualizes the two schools in New York’s South Bronx and Southeast Amsterdam (or the Bijlmer) and demonstrates how Paulle got access to them. This chapter also reveals how Paulle began identifying what gradually evolved into the main themes taken on in each of the chapters at the heart of the book. Chapter One provides a detailed discussion of both the leading social scientific approach to troubled urban schools and the alternative conceptual framework upon which Paulle relies most heavily. Although an expanded discussion of data collection methods is offered in the Appendix, this chapter also offers a preliminary account of the fieldwork techniques upon which the comparison is based. In the interest of illuminating what students and teachers saw and felt when they entered the two settings, Paulle gets underway by fleshing out some of his initial encounters with and reflections on Johnson High and the Delta School.

Keywords:   Access, Fieldwork, South Bronx, Southeast Amsterdam, Bijlmer, Dominant approach, Alternative framework

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