ERIC Number: EJ1090740
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Identity Performance and Collectivist Leadership in the Philadelphia Student Union
Rosen, Sonia M.
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v19 n2 p224-240 2016
Youth organizing work benefits young people in myriad ways, equipping them with the skills and dispositions to organize around the systemic inequities and policy decisions that threaten their communities. The findings from this life histories study in the Philadelphia Student Union (PSU) reveal that the organization's collectivist leadership model engaged young people in developing leadership capacity among the PSU membership, participating in consensus-based decision-making and embodying positive representations of PSU in their daily lives. Together, these activities allowed them to define and redefine the group's internal and externalized organizational identity. In this cyclical process, young people came together to support a context that sustained individuals' identity work through an inclusive and mutually empowering model of leadership development.
Descriptors: Student Unions, Youth Programs, Student Organizations, Middle School Students, High School Students, Student Leadership, Capacity Building, Leadership Training, Student Empowerment, Leadership Styles, Qualitative Research, Biographies, Research Methodology, Interviews, Participative Decision Making, Student Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania