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ERIC Number: ED522249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 161
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1243-4590-1
College Student Leader Development: A Study of Perceptions of Leadership Skills and Abilities of Senior Students
Azdell, Grant L.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Virginia
Almost every institution of higher education advertises its ability to "produce" or "train" leaders for the community and world. Indeed, most institutions, if asked, would freely report that leadership development is a large part of their overall mission of educating students. The purpose of this research is to determine whether students who are in their senior year of college can perceive growth in their leadership skills or abilities and can directly attribute that growth to their college experience. To this end, students were asked to reflect on a series of leadership skills, as identified from the literature, and give some indication of their abilities in these various areas. They were also asked to answer a series of questions that were originally asked of them as incoming freshman, at the same institution, to determine changes in their perceptions over time. Secondly, students were asked to identify what specific areas of their college experience played a significant role in their overall leadership development. Variables like, background, previous leadership experiences, outside influence, peer influence and other factors were considered and various conclusions regarding outside influences were addressed. [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
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States