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ERIC Number: ED514127
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 231
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-9547-2
A Mixed Method Study of Positional Leadership of North Dakota 4-H Ambassador and State FFA Officer Alumni
Peterson, Nels Milan
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, North Dakota State University
The purpose of this mixed method study was to determine the positional leadership of North Dakota 4-H and FFA leadership alumni. This study determined the influence of youth development programs on statewide leadership alumni (those who served from 1970 to 2000) and community leadership roles as adults. Former North Dakota 4-H Ambassador Alumni and State FFA Officers were surveyed using a modified Youth Leadership Life Skill Development scale (Seevers, 1975) as to gain in leadership skills as a result of their leadership in 4-H and FFA. Over 75% of the survey respondents reported much or very much gain in leadership life skills from their experiences. Survey respondents reported above average educational attainment in relation to North Dakota census data. Eighty-eight percent of North Dakota FFA officer alumni and 96% of the 4-H ambassador alumni reported having a bachelors degree or higher. State FFA Officer and 4-H Ambassador Alumni provide leadership for community organizations. Over 90% of North Dakota 4-H Ambassador Alumni are involved in youth development organizations as leaders/advisors. State FFA Officer Alumni, over 75% provide leadership to youth development organizations. For 4-H Ambassador Alumni and State FFA Officer Alumni, over 75% were involved in religious/faith based organizations. A panel of experts, using a modified Delphi process, ranked both organizations to which 4-H Ambassador and State FFA Officer Alumni provided leadership and leadership positions. Two groups of experts made up the Delphi panel and included individuals versed in 4-H and FFA leadership development and those individuals identified as community leaders. This panel of experts identified serving in the state legislature, as state and/or national leaders in commodity organizations and serving as youth development advisors/leaders as the most influential positions reported by survey respondents. While 4-H ambassador and State FFA Officer Alumni report gains in leadership life skills, statistical analysis indicated no relationship between respondents and their leadership positions. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North Dakota