This thesis explored the leadership development outcomes of study abroad experiences for college seniors. This is the first study attempting to identify the link between involvement in study abroad, a growing trend in higher education, and student leadership development, a value of higher education institutions. Data from the 2009 Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership was used in this study, specifically the sample of over 31,000 seniors from 99 four-year institutions. The hypothesis that study abroad contributes significantly to student leadership development was tested using hierarchical regression statistical analysis.
This study’s model explained 21% of the variance in the omnibus measure of the Socially Responsible Leadership Scale (SRLS), with pre-college leadership development factors as the only independent variable with significant contribution. A post-hoc analysis found that there was a small but significant difference on the omnibus SRLS between those who did, and those who did not, study abroad. This study’s findings offer implications for higher education practitioners and research.
|Advisor:||Komives, Susan R.|
|Commitee:||Grandner, Deborah, Quaye, Stephen J.|
|School:||University of Maryland, College Park|
|Department:||Counseling and Personnel Services|
|School Location:||United States -- Maryland|
|Source:||MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Higher Education Administration|
|Keywords:||Development, Global, Higher education, Leadership, Senior, Study abroad|
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