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A Transnational Comparison of Leadership Development: Pedagogical Implications
International Journal of Organizational Analysis
  • Christine M. Cress, Portland State University
  • Miki Yamashita
  • Rebecca Duarte
  • Heather Burns, Portland State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2010
Subjects
  • Citizen participation,
  • Civic engagement,
  • Educational planning
Abstract

Purpose – This investigation sought to identify learning outcomes for undergraduate students at a US college enrolled in community-based learning courses. Specifically, the purpose of this paper is to examine the similarities and differences between American students' and international students' development of leadership skills through senior level service-learning (SL) courses and analyzed the role of teaching methods on those outcomes. Design/methodology/approach – Over 150 SL courses from students representing 30 countries were examined at a major university in the USA. US and non-US student leadership and learning outcomes were cross-tabulated with instructional techniques to analyze for statistically significant differences. Findings – Facilitating leadership skill development is a function of utilizing transformational rather than traditional classroom teaching techniques. Practical implications – Transformational teaching and learning methods such as collaborative projects, student-selected readings, and group decision-making in SL courses help transform students' views of themselves, their communities, and the world as they consider their roles as leaders in an unscripted future. Originality/value – Few studies have examined the instructional elements in SL that transform student knowledge and leadership skills especially across such a breadth and variety of SL courses and student cultural backgrounds.

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http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/9852
Citation Information
Cress, C., Yamashita, M., Duarte, R., & Burns, H. (in press). A transnational comparison of leadership development: Pedagogical implications. International Journal of Organizational Analysis.