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ERIC Number: ED308683
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Student Leadership in Schools: Benevolent or Malevolent.
Cawood, J.
Student leadership can become a malevolent force which can destroy or undermine individuals as well as the school community. Student leaders' roles in schools can also, however, be benevolent, leading to both personal development and school/community development. In schools for blacks in South Africa, black power and student power may combine to form black student power. Educators should acknowledge the presence of student power, identify student leaders properly, develop their leadership potential, and give them scope to exercise their leadership in order that student leaders become a benevolent force in their school communities. Leadership potential and ability as a manifestation of giftedness is recognized universally in definitions of giftedness, but leadership development is often neglected. A pyramid-chart illustrates the delineation of levels of students in need of leadership education, accompanied by an inverted pyramid diagram which represents the quantity and content of leadership education needed for each corresponding level. Opportunities should be created to develop student leadership potential through such activities as student councils, committees, class captains, bus captains, etc. The J. F. A. Swartz Educational Leadership Project is described as an ad hoc project of the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) which presents leadership seminars for student leaders and educators. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa