Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

How first-year college leadership programs influence students' behavior and attitudes in order to promote civic engagement through democratic dialogue and democratic deliberation
by Pruitt, Pamela, Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2016, 179; 10158520
Abstract (Summary)

This study utilizes the lens of student experience to provide an understanding of how students’ behavior and attitudes are influenced by first-year college leadership programs in order to promote civic engagement. This qualitative study uses semi-structured, face-to-face, individual interviews, focus groups, and an online survey at three sites—the John Glenn College of Public Relations at The Ohio State University, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at The University of Maryland, and The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania. The study reviews the best practices and principles of leadership in communicating and interacting with others through democratic dialogue and democratic deliberation. The focus of the study is on sophomores, juniors, and seniors who participated in first-year college leadership programs and how they express the value derived from their classroom and service-learning involvement in collective decision making and democratic settings for the common good of all. The findings contribute to understanding how colleges and universities may effectively implement their roles in the development of students as civic-minded citizens of an increasingly global community through first-year college leadership programs.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kaplan, Eric J.
Commitee: Grossman, David, Hartley, J. Matthew, Kaplan, Eric J.
School: University of Pennsylvania
Department: Higher Education Management
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 78/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational leadership, Higher education
Keywords: Civic engagement, Democratic deliberation, Democratic dialogue, Freshman students, Leadership, Service-learning
Publication Number: 10158520
ISBN: 9781369135282
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