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ERIC Number: EJ1136426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1552-9045
Pirates and Power: What Captain Jack Sparrow, His Friends, and His Foes Can Teach Us about Power Bases
Williams, Jennifer R.
Journal of Leadership Education, v5 n2 p60-68 Fall 2006
Leadership educators are constantly looking for new and inventive ways to teach leadership theory. Because leadership educators realize principles of androgyny and experiential education work well with leadership theories, instructors find movies are a great way to infuse leadership theory with novel teaching methodology. "Movies, like Shakespeare, are becoming a staple of college curricula" (Hoffman, 2000, p.1). "The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003) is a movie illustrating five power bases defined by Raven and French (1958). The rogue characters in this film use expert power, referent power, legitimate power, reward power, and coercive power to get the treasure, get the girl, get the curse lifted, and/or get freedom. Utilizing a three-hour block of time, an instructor can complete a mini lecture on power, watch the movie, and discuss the power bases shown. Results show students develop a deeper understanding of power after the class
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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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