The Contributions of Research Design and Process Facilitation in Accessing Adolescent Views of Leadership

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Title The Contributions of Research Design and Process Facilitation in Accessing Adolescent Views of Leadership
Author Dempster, Neil Colin; Lizzio, Alfred Joseph; Keeffe, Mary; Skinner, James; Andrews, Dorothy
Journal Name Leading and Managing
Editor Dorothy Andrews & Marian Lewis
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher The Australian Council for Educational Leaders
Abstract This article reports an investigation into young people’s understanding of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ leadership in school and sporting club contexts. Four discussion methods (open ended or structured discussions of either a person or situation based scenario) were trialled by 40 adolescents (aged 14 to 16) in a structured focus group format. Particular attention was given to positioning participants as collaborators and establishing trusting and open communication in the focus groups. Both qualitative and quantitative evaluation supported the efficacy of all discussion methods. Importantly, participants attributed the efficacy of the research process less to the use of specific research designs and more to the engaging and respectful quality of the interpersonal and group processes established for the discussions in which the students acted as co-researchers. Preliminary findings on the content of young people’s leadership conceptions are also presented. Considerable consistency in young people’s ideas was evident across context (school or sporting club) and gender. From a ethodological perspective, the findings have implications for the design and conduct of research seeking a valid understanding of young people’s experiences of leadership. From an educational perspective, the findings indicate the key engagement processes that should be incorporated into adolescent leadership programs.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL). The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 16
Issue Number 2
Page from 77
Page to 89
ISSN 1329-4539
Date Accessioned 2010-11-29
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism; Menzies Health Institute Qld; Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Education
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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