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ERIC Number: ED551548
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 226
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2677-9762-9
The Use of Life History Collage to Explore Learning Related to the Enactment of Social Consciousness in Female Nonprofit Leaders
Seymour, Susan R.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Utah State University
The purpose of this study was to consider the development of social consciousness in female nonprofit leaders. The problem undergirding the study is that we do not know enough about social consciousness to know how it is learned, if it can be taught, if it is stable over a lifetime, and what factors and life events shape its unique expression. A further concern is understanding how people come to enact caring about social justice causes and why they enacted caring about certain causes but not others. The research investigated learning related to the social consciousness of female nonprofit leaders who work with organizations focused on social justice issues. The research method utilized, life history collage, employed a combination of art and life history to investigate this phenomenon. Once collages were made, participants were interviewed to further explore emergent themes and these themes were analyzed using the learning theory enactivism to understand how learning influenced each woman's social consciousness. Findings indicate that organizing structures emerged in childhood that both enabled and shaped the potential of each woman's social consciousness. This "potential" was inherent in the structure of each woman's world view, but was enacted in the way this structure coupled with opportunities in her environment. In other words, each woman's social consciousness coemerged within environments that shaped her social consciousness and that were shaped by her social consciousness. Thus, social consciousness and environment are mutually specifying. This research implies that the development of social consciousness is a personal expression rooted as much in personality as environmental opportunity. Furthermore, unique personal constructs such as frugality, social mobility, mental illness, and a desire for holistic relationships can be the catalyst for involvement in social action without a direct correlation to social justice awareness. If an environment "triggers" something in an individual, whatever that something is, then a connection will be made and action will result--sometimes social action. [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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