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ERIC Number: ED429625
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar-15
Pages: 19
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The Relationship between American Community Colleges' Curricular and Extracurricular Programs and Students' Perceptions of Their Leadership Abilities.
LeBard, Christine
This experimental study explores the relationship between students' perceptions of their leadership abilities and the characteristics of community colleges' academic and extracurricular programs. The research examines correlations between participation in school events and volunteer and community service, and the students' self-ratings on their capacities to lead others. The study also considers the characteristics of community college curricular programs that influence students' perceptions of their leadership abilities. The study draws upon data from the 1989 Beginning Postsecondary Students Survey and the 1994 follow-up survey. Findings indicate that participation in school events is positively associated with students' perceptions of their leadership abilities. The students who considered their leadership abilities to be above average were most likely to earn a bachelor's degree. All students in the study who transferred to a four-year institution perceived their leadership abilities as at least average. Positive change in increased perceptions of leadership ability occurred most notably in students majoring in social/behavioral sciences, business/management, and other technical and professional programs. Tables 1A-H measure response rates according to the following variables: (1) being a leader in the community; (2) highest degree attained; (3) 1989-90 degree program; (4) academic coursework; and (5) transfer to first institution by control and type. Contains 11 references. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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