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ERIC Number: ED307221
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jun-26
Pages: 15
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Making Connections: Developing Leadership among Women in College.
Lundeberg, Mary Anna
This document describes women college students' perceptions of their experiences as student assistants (SAs) in a writing/reading/study skills center. To examine changes in the student assistants' perceptions of their growth, investigators compared two samples of their writing: reflective essays written before the SAs attended orientation or worked in the position, and reflective essays written after they had worked for a year in the center. Eight goals/themes emerged from a content analysis of the initial essays. Four kinds of goals were expressed: social-interpersonal, caring, educational, and vocational. The concerns expressed by these women were categorized into interpersonal/relational, doubting knowledge, doubting skills, and responsibility toward the center. Excerpts from student writings were presented to illustrate both goals and concerns. Caring and empowerment were two major themes which emerged from the final essays at the end of a year's work in the center. Student assistants developed perspectives of themselves as relational leaders who felt connected to the students they assisted and connected to the center. They had a sense of caring and responsibility for listening well, for making decisions about what to teach, and for deciding where to begin. The cooperative atmosphere reported seemed also to stimulate the client students' confidence in learning and the student assistants' personal confidence as well. (GEA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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