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ERIC Number: EJ1135750
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1552-9045
College Student Leaders: Meet the Alpha Female
Ward, Rose Marie; DiPaolo, Donald G.; Popson, Halle C.
Journal of Leadership Education, v7 n3 p100-117 Win 2009
With the emergence of a new generation of strong and empowered female student leaders on college campuses, a special type of female leader, the Alpha Female, has developed. This study examines the essence of having an Alpha Female identity for 13 undergraduate women at a Midwestern university. Extensive interviews were conducted; transcripts were generated; emergent themes were derived; horizonalization and cross-case analysis was conducted; and, constant comparative method among the researches was employed. Findings reveal that strong positive antecedent family variables are present. Each participant perceives strong advantages and a positive impact from being an Alpha Female in the collegiate environment. Suggestions for further rich, qualitative investigations and Possible educational interventions and institutional support are offered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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