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ERIC Number: ED557096
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 130
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3211-2165-0
Student Experiences and Administrator Perceptions of a Leadership Living Learning Community at a Four Year University
Smith, Termika Nicole
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Alabama State University
The purpose of this single-site case study was to describe the learning experience of 29 freshman students bounded by participating in the Leadership Living Learning Community at Gulf Coast University (pseudonym) for the 2011-2012 school term. This study sought to explore students' experiences and attitudes and administrator perceptions about the first Leadership Living Learning Community. The University boasts in its vision statement that it wants to be known for its leadership in the world, one way to achieve this is to produce great leaders. After recruitment, a total of 12 out of the remaining 19 active student participants and 2 administrators took part in this study. It was found that the students who participated in the Community had very positive experiences and often noted it as life-changing. Students' perspectives on leadership grew over the course of the semester and are still evolving today. These students felt prepared and are currently leading organizations and foresee themselves using what they learned to lead organizations in the future. Last, students found that the ability to hone in on the "discipline of daydreaming" is essential to being a good leader. Recommendations for practice include addressing ways to engage off-campus students, creating a more substantial semester check-in process for students with administrators, continued integration of the leadership course and communications class, creation of more space during class that allows for the free flow of ideas and open discussion, additional emphasis on assisting students in developing their own leadership philosophy, and maintaining administrative support for the Community. In the future it would be useful to study the administrator's full experience in the community leading to possible implementation of best practices. It would also be useful to study the persistence of students who did not receive a scholarship for participation in the Community, and study the 10 students who received the scholarship, but were no longer enrolled at the time of the study. [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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