L.E.A.D. : leadership, enhanced, achieved and developed

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Lorne, Darran Richard
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2001
The objective of this study was to develop a framework in which a curriculum on leadership could be developed. This framework specifically addressed the needs of middle school students. Throughout Alberta many middle schools teach elements of leadership through various courses, or mini projects. A course dedicated to teaching the essential elements of leadership for middle school students is unique. The leaders of our school population and the future leaders of our world are the students attending our schools. What these people think, believe in, and act upon will help determine the future course of world events. Students need to gain knowledge about what leadership is, the different types of leadership and the skills associated with leadership but, most importantly, they should learn how to implement leadership skills. In this project, an 'action research' approach was used to develop a new curriculum design, specific to one situation, with the potential of transferability to other middle school settings. The participants were me as the teacher, the grade eight students enrolled in the leadership course and the principal of the school. As the students and I progressed through the course components, we evaluated the quality and usefulness of each component employing the 'triangulation' technique developed by Elliott and Adelman (1976). Data from the journal entries of all participants were collected once a week and summarized. What the participants wrote, the feelings they expressed and the explanations they gave of their perceptions were the key to understanding particular topics. All have contributed to the development of a leadership curriculum, unique to our school and owned by all.
vi, 61 leaves ; 29 cm. --
Leadership , Leadership -- Study and teaching (Secondary)