Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

"Pushed by pain or pulled by vision": A study on perceptions, socially responsible leadership development, and short-term, faculty-led international service-learning
by Candiff, Ayesha Kennedy, Ph.D., Capella University, 2016, 291; 10253008
Abstract (Summary)

Graduating globally conscious citizens, prepared to lead in a global society and serve competently in their communities, is a mission for institutions of higher learning. Short-term study abroad programs with service-learning components have increased in favor toward exposing more students to international engagement, however, few studies explore socially responsible leadership development from these programs and fewer reveal participant perspectives. The purpose of the qualitative case study was to explore and interpret perceptions had by undergraduates and faculty leaders on socially responsible leadership development from participation in the short-term, faculty-led international service-learning component of a capstone course. Utilizing the Social Change Model of Leadership Development to guide the research and organize the findings allowed a thorough exploration of the constructs, identification of experiential learning and transformative learning, along with short-term international service-learning. Findings revealed engagement, reflection, and communication were integral to socially responsible leadership development as well as challenging bias and assumption, change in perspective, trust, skill contribution, global consciousness, and knowledge acquisition. A short-term, faculty-led international service-learning experience embedded within a capstone could develop socially responsible leadership in undergraduates thus influencing their global citizenship. Recommendations for practice include considering the maturity level and learning styles of participants to reduce disengagement and enhance learning and development for all students. Future research could document the longitudinal effect of short-term international service-learning on former participants’ socially responsible leadership.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Skaruppa, Cindy
Commitee: Ford, Thomas, Kanai, Therese
School: Capella University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 78/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Higher education
Keywords: Capstone, Learning theories, Qualitative, Short-term international service-learning, Social change model of leadership development, Socially responsible leadership development
Publication Number: 10253008
ISBN: 978-1-369-50933-5
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