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ERIC Number: ED549105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 129
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2673-4674-2
An Examination of Involvement and Socially Responsible Leadership Development of Black Students Attending Predominantly White Institutions
McCurtis, Bridget R.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin - Madison
There has been an identifiable decline in moral decision making and socially responsible behaviors in society based on recent national events such as Enron and the Bernie Madoff scandal (Arvedlund, 2009; Doran, 2004). This study attempts to address this leadership crisis by examining college student involvement and leadership experiences that may uniquely position colleges to facilitate the development of socially responsible leaders. Higher education professionals play a critical role in educating productive citizens and have the opportunity to integrate moral reasoning and ethical decision making into programming (St. John, 2009). Given that involvement in college and leadership development have long been associated with positive outcomes for both individual and society, this population serves as a promising starting point to address this national challenge (Astin, 1993; Kuh, Kinzie, Schuh, & Whitt, 2005; Pascarella & Terenzini, 20050. Moreover, this examination sought to better understand the Black student experience at PWIs as they had been identified in at least one previous empirical study as having demonstrated social change values (Dugan & Komives, 2007). This study utilized both the socially responsible leadership scale and collective racial esteem scale to conduct a descriptive and correlational examination of social change values as defined in the Social Change Model of Leadership and social change behaviors variables from the Multi-institutional Study of Leadership. Findings suggest that Black students strongly exhibit socially responsible leadership, are involved in on and off campus activities and participate in community service more than any other activity. Further, this study reveals that collective racial esteem measures are highly correlated with social change behaviors. These significant findings illuminate our understanding of Black student involvement and socially responsible leadership, but also provide some critical opportunities for higher education practitioners, researchers and students to further explore ethical and moral decision making, expand definitions of leadership and implement intentional leadership efforts. [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; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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