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ERIC Number: EJ1133847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1552-9045
Leadership Learning through Student-Centered and Inquiry-Focused Approaches to Teaching Adaptive Leadership
Haber-Curran, Paige; Tillapaugh, Daniel
Journal of Leadership Education, v12 n1 p92-116 Win 2013
This qualitative study examines student learning about leadership across three sections of a capstone course in an undergraduate leadership minor. Qualitative methods were informed by exploratory case study analysis and phenomenology. Student-centered and inquiry-focused pedagogical approaches, including case-in-point, action inquiry, and problem-based learning, informed classroom teaching and the classroom environment. Engaged in pedagogy steeped in a balance of challenge and support, students gained an increased sense of self, clarity of purpose and vocation, and integration of their leadership practices in and out of the classroom. Students' understandings of the concept of leadership were also broadened; they recognized the importance of diverse perspectives and roles, began to understand leadership as systemic and interdependent, and emphasized relationship building. Findings suggest three prominent experiences as contributing to students' learning--reflection, feedback, and engaging in the group process. Implications for leadership education are discussed and areas for future research are identified.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California (San Diego)
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