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Servant Leadership and Student Success: Perspectives of Midwest Technical College Manufacturing Students
by Izzo Nemec, Therese A., Ph.D., Marian University, 2017, 269; 10689183
Abstract (Summary)

In the United States, colleges and universities are under pressure from multiple sources to improve course completion and graduation rates and to reduce the cost of obtaining a degree. This qualitative phenomenological case study, underpinned by the social constructivist perspective, explored second-year manufacturing degree students’ perceptions of the impact of their teachers’ servant leadership behaviors on their successful course completions at a Midwest technical college. Servant leadership was the theoretical base for the study, which consisted of Q sorts by, and interviews with, students from two manufacturing degree programs. One program had higher course completion and graduation rates and the other had lower course completion and graduation rates. The responses were coded using data from an extensive literature review and were analyzed for themes according to the perspectives of the participants’ Q sorts and responses to interview questions. While the study did not reveal a simple, straightforward solution to the very complicated student success problem in technical college manufacturing programs, it did identify the elements of an emergent model recommended for manufacturing teachers: servant teaching.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Innes, Donna
Commitee: Boers, David, Stucky, Bradd
School: Marian University
Department: Doctoral Studies
School Location: United States -- Wisconsin
Source: DAI-A 79/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Adult education, Higher education, Vocational education
Keywords: Case study, College teaching, Phenomenology, Servant leadership, Servant teaching, Student success
Publication Number: 10689183
ISBN: 978-0-355-53916-5
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