ERIC Number: EJ1135918
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Echoes of Leadership Education: Reflections on Failure, Forgetting, and Our Future
DiPaolo, Donald G.
Journal of Leadership Education, v7 n1 p77-91 Sum 2008
Despite the popularity of leadership education on college campuses, little is known about what individual participants learn and remember. This longitudinal study examines the impact of a leadership education retreat through the eyes of six undergraduate college men. Entry and exit interviews, along with intensive one and two year follow-up interviews, were conducted. Cross case analysis reveals that leadership identity was reshaped by perceived personal failure during crisis. Longitudinal analysis suggests that students attribute improved leadership capabilities less to leadership education than to their own development and leadership experiences. This study questions the value of stand-alone or short-term leadership education models and suggests new curricular approaches to leadership education that incorporate potential future crucible experiences.
Descriptors: Failure, Leadership Training, Longitudinal Studies, Undergraduate Students, Interviews, Pretests Posttests, Learning Experience, Individual Development, Institutes (Training Programs), Participant Satisfaction, Program Effectiveness, Memory
Association of Leadership Educators. e-mail: Jole@aged.tamu.edu; Web site: http://leadershipeducators.org/page-1014283
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
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