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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Dial, David
Author's Email Address ddial1@lsu.edu
URN etd-04042006-105557
Title Students' Perceptions of Leadership and the Ways in Which LeaderShape Influences the Development of Student Leaders
Degree Master of Arts in Liberal Arts (M.A.L.A.)
Department Liberal Arts (Interdepartmental Program)
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Becky Ropers-Huilman Committee Chair
Ed Holton Committee Member
Susan Gardner Committee Member
  • student leadership
  • leadership development
  • leadershape
Date of Defense 2006-03-29
Availability unrestricted
Student leadership development programs are an emerging topic of conversation within the field of student affairs. This paper uses the personal narratives of five recent graduates of the LeaderShape program to consider student perceptions of the effects of this program. A literature review discusses recent publications in the field of student leadership development. The interview data collected in this study confirm the findings of this recent research, including generally positive leadership experiences, improved racial relations, and the importance of small group interactions. Additionally, this thesis includes a cross-case analysis and discussion section that present several themes that emerged from participants' narratives. Recommendations for future research and practice associated with student leadership development are presented.
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