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ERIC Number: EJ901559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
Empowering Students through Leadership: Gymleaders--A Program that Works
Rhodes, Wanda; Lounsbery, Monica
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v23 n6 p28-32 Jul-Aug 2010
Research has shown that involvement in campus activities leads to student development and learning. Student development and learning enhances leadership skills and abilities. Leadership skills for young people may be essential in order for them to feel like contributing members of society. Further, student leadership programs assist in shaping a positive school-wide culture, which impacts student achievement, reform and learning. Thus, the need to develop leadership programs within the physical education environment is necessary if one is to develop future leaders within the discipline. This article discusses the Gymleader program, a year-long comprehensive physical education/sport leadership elective program designed for middle school students. The Gymleader program parallels Don Hellison's Personal and Social Responsibility Model, which centers on the concept of empowering youth to take more control over their lives and engage in self-development. The focus of the Gymleader program is to provide adolescent students who are excited about physical education and sports with a unique opportunity to become leaders and take enthusiastic responsibility for their own learning. (Contains 4 tables.)
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191. Tel: 800-213-7193; Fax: 703-476-9527; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California