ERIC Number: ED359873
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Connected Knowing: Evaluating a Women and Leadership Seminar.
Lyman, Linda L.
This paper reports on an evaluation of the effectiveness of a graduate seminar on "Women and Leadership" attended by 18 participants during the 1992 winter interim at Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois. The course was based on theoretical assumptions from the literature about leadership and about women's development. The three major course objectives were: (1) to encourage development of each woman's "voice"; (2) to enhance each woman's leadership effectiveness; and (3) to raise each woman's professional aspirations. The paper includes a description of course design, materials, and activities. The evaluation comprises analysis of essay responses to final exam questions, responses on the university's required faculty form, and responses to a follow-up questionnaire completed 6 months after the course ended. Evaluation indicated that the course was highly effective in accomplishing the three objectives and that this success was related to the course's structure and design. Self-confidence of each participant was enhanced due to the exploration of the concept of "voice" and the idea that women may lead differently from men and still be effective. Class participants, encouraged by each other and through the examples of the guest speakers, illustrate that, through mutual effort and sharing, the group achieves more than any individual could alone. (GLR)
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Course Evaluation, Course Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Graduate Study, Group Discussion, Group Dynamics, Group Instruction, Higher Education, Leadership Effectiveness, Leadership Training, Professional Development, Seminars, Student Reaction, Teaching Methods, Women Administrators
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A