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ERIC Number: ED558257
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 220
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3038-2002-1
Using Horses to Teach Authentic Leadership Skills to At-Risk Youth
Adams, Brittany Lee
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Florida
The primary purpose of this study was to determine the impact of an equine-facilitated authentic leadership development program on at-risk youth. Participants were asked to participate in two focus groups and a 3-day equine-facilitated authentic leadership development program based on Bill George's Model of Authentic Leadership. Participants were also asked to complete three instruments, the Authentic Leadership Questionnaire (ALQ), the Level of Comfort Questionnaire, and a short demographic survey. A total of 16 youth from Rodeheaver Boys Ranch in Palatka, Florida were asked to participate based on age, 12-15 years old. Focus groups were conducted pre and post program to determine the change in participants' perceptions of the five dimensions of the George model: relationships, self-discipline, purpose, values, and heart. Participant observation was used to evaluate the program and determine the change in participants' perceptions of the five dimensions of the George model from the program activities. Finally, participants were asked to complete the three instruments, each administered during the first day of the program with the ALQ being administered post program at the final focus group meeting. Participants showed an increase in perception of two of the dimensions, relationships and heart. Participants showed no change in the self-discipline dimension and a decrease in perception for the values and purpose dimensions. The researcher used participant observation to evaluate the programmatic details and found positive results. The study found that results from the focus groups indicated that participants' perceptions increased for some but not all dimensions of the George Model. With that, the greatest areas of weakness were values and purpose. The study also found positive results regarding the programmatic use of equine-facilitated learning program as a means to teach authentic leadership skills to at-risk youth. Recommendations for future practice and research are given in the final chapter of the document. [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: Florida