ERIC Number: EJ1131889
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Leading and Thriving: How Leadership Education Can Improve First-Year Student Success
Stephens, Clinton M.; Beatty, Cameron C.
Journal of Leadership Education, v14 n3 p119-131 Sum 2015
Leadership development transforms the lives of many students and leadership educators regularly witness these changes. But little research has articulated what is being taught that facilitates this change, how we can make it happen more often, or how we can measure this change. These transformations contribute to desirable outcomes including student persistence and academic achievement. Leadership studies programs have great potential to contribute to these positive student outcomes especially with first-year students. Using the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, we delineate how the study of leadership aids students in experiencing these transformations, as defined by Schreiner's Thriving Model, along with example lessons that serve elements in both models. Significant implications are discussed, including greater engagement with first-year students and outreach to at-risk students. This is followed by recommendations for leadership educators and a discussion of future research focus areas.
Descriptors: Leadership Training, College Freshmen, Learner Engagement, Social Change, Models, Outcomes of Education, Transformative Learning, Academic Persistence, Academic Achievement, At Risk Students, Qualitative Research, Pretests Posttests
Association of Leadership Educators. e-mail: Jole@aged.tamu.edu; Web site: http://leadershipeducators.org/page-1014283
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A