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ERIC Number: ED354364
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
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Characteristics and Experiences of Leaders Who Are Alumni of Vocational Student Organizations.
Vail, Ann; Redick, Sharon S.
Characteristics and experiences of established leaders who were alumni of vocational student organizations (VSOs) were identified in a survey. Data were drawn from a data bank established by Kathryn Cox (1988) in her dissertation, "Significant Adolescent Leadership Development Experiences Identified by Established Leaders in the United States." Cox's subjects were a stratified random sample of 1,000 established leaders; 125 leaders were selected at random from the appropriate directories for each of 8 categories of leadership. Data were gathered by a written questionnaire; 411 leaders returned completed, usable questionnaires. From those 411 responses, 31 identified a VSO as at least 1 of the youth programs in which they participated. These 31 respondents were the sample in this study; the remaining respondents were used as the comparison group. Frequencies, percentages, and means were used to describe the data. Chi-square was used to measure significant differences. VSO alumni reported involvement in other activities, were more likely to pursue leadership opportunities in the skills category, and had a broad range of leadership definitions. Respondents cited collaborative experiences as the most important. Findings suggested that components of future VSOs' leadership development programs ought to include mentors and role models, collaborative activities, and communication-building activities. (Contains 17 references and 3 tables.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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