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Student Leadership Development and Orientation: Contributing Resources within the Liberal Arts

Michael D. Thompson
Office of Institutional Research & Planning, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL, USA
American Journal of Educational Research. 2013, 1(1), 1-6. DOI: 10.12691/education-1-1-1
Published online: August 25, 2017


Research in higher education on leadership development and attributes has primarily concentrated on students currently engaged in campus experiences and programs (e.g., student government, volunteerism) that emulate leadership positions and opportunities that carry over to societal equivalencies. Thus, students who are not active in leadership activities are rarely assessed regarding their leadership-related development, perspectives, or preferences. The central purpose of this study is to explore students’ disposition regarding leadership etiquette, behavior, and method in the context of leadership process theory. Using the Leadership Attitudes and Beliefs Scale III , how students think about leadership, irrespective of their perceived experience in leadership-based activities or positions, will be examined within the context of contributing university resources.


College students, leadership development, liberal arts
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