ERIC Number: ED034251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Validation of a Student Leadership Scale by Peer and Teacher Nomination Technique.
Karasick, Bernard W.; Jewell, Donald O.
The validity of a self report leadership scale was examined to test the hypothesis that leaders can be identified by an efficient self-report scale and that they will also be so perceived by their superiors and peers. An 11 item self report instrument was designed and a unit weight system and a differential weight system were employed to weight the items. High school seniors (73) completed the instrument and a biographical data questionnaire. These students and five teachers also submitted the names of seniors whom they regarded as possessing strong leadership characteristics. The findings include the following: (1) there were significant inter-correlations between the self-report scores, peer nominations and teacher nominations; (2) there was no significant difference between the two weighting systems ability to predict peer and teacher nominations, but in a second study the differentially weighted system demonstrated greater predictability; and (3) there was a correlation between leadership scale scores and an outside criteria of leadership - the biographical data items. The strong interrelationship between the three rating groups demonstrated impressive evidence of convergent validity for the leadership scale and possible explanations for the findings are presented. (RM)
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Authoring Institution: Georgia State Coll., Atlanta.; Purdue Univ., Lafayette, IN.