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JOLE Volume 9, Issue 2, Summer 2010

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From the Editor's Clipboard


Joseph J. Thomas
Thomas comments on curriculum gaps when educating leaders who are involved in a highly technical curriculum. He proposes that in a setting where the curriculum is highly technical, special attention must be paid to the students’ interpersonal communication skills.

Research Features

Examining Gender Differences of Servant Leadership: An Analysis of the Agentic and Communal Properties of Servant Leadership Questionnaire

John E. Barbuto, Jr. & Gregory T. Gifford
Barbuto and Gifford investigated five servant leadership characteristics by male and female servant leaders. The findings contradict many studies on gender roles in leadership.

Using Achievement Motivation Theory to Explain Student Participation in a Residential Leadership Learning Community

Lori L. Moore, Dustin K. Grabsch & Craig Rotter
Moore, Grabsch, and Rotter examined a voluntary residential leadership learning community to discover how achievement motivation theory influenced the students to join these communities. The researchers found that only two out of the three needs were common motives for the students.

Jessica Anderson, Jacklyn Bruce & Lauren Mouton
Anderson, Bruce, and Mouton qualitatively examined this as well as the impact of 4-H experiences on college-level 4-H alumni’s leadership life skill development.

Creating Meaningful Environments for Leadership Education
Kathy L. Guthrie & Sara Thompson
Guthrie and Thompson describe student experiences when institutions create environments that incorporate theory, practice, and reflection of leadership education. The authors discovered that a partnership between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs can provide a learning environment where students experience high quality leadership experiences.

Transformational Leadership and its Relationship to Adult 4-H Volunteers’ Sense of Empowerment in Youth Development Settings

Pamela Rose
Rose’s research dealt with the sense of empowerment that 4-H volunteers feel in relation to the perceived leadership styles of their 4-H Youth Development Educators. The study’s results showed a connection between empowerment of volunteers and transformational leadership.

Students’ Attitudes and Perceptions of the Use of Cooperative Exams in anIntroductory Leadership Class

Lori L. Moore
Moore investigated the use of cooperative exams in an introductory leadership class. The use of these exams led to advantages and disadvantages from the students’ perspective, but overall, the students enjoyed the cooperative exams and think that they should continue to be used.

The Effects of Teaching Methods in Leadership Knowledge Retention: An Experimental Design of Lecture, Experiential, and Public Pedagogy

Jennifer Williams & Megan McClure
Williams and McClure examined the impact of three different teaching methodologies. Findings show that lecture is an inferior method of teaching leadership and that public pedagogy has efficient and consistent results.

Impact of Group Development Knowledge on Students’ Perceived Importance and Confidence of Group Work Skills

Natalie Coers, Jennifer Williams & Dennis Duncan
Coers, Williams, and Duncan examined the impact of Tuckman and Jensen’s group development process on students’ attitudes towards group work. A positive impact leads the authors to recommend that leadership educators continue using and teaching this process in the classroom and helping students see how the skill transfers to roles outside of the classroom.

Application Briefs

Serving the Once and Future King: Exploring Servant Leadership in Merlin

Laura M. Oliver & Kae Reynolds
Oliver and Reynolds discover a religiously neutral example of how worldly media can be used to teach ten basic principles of servant leadership. These ten principles can be seen in Merlin, and students can observe these principles as qualities that are still desired today.

Interviews: Linking Leadership Theory to Practice

Deborah N. Smith & Deborah B. Roebuck
Smith and Roebuck describe the impacts of an assignment where students interview a leader in order to apply leadership theories, and to understand the complexities of being a leader. Using a constructivist approach, this assignment has been successful in helping students connect leadership theory to practice.

Developing Life-Long Learners Through Personal Growth Projects

Barry Boyd & Jennifer Williams
Boyd and Williams reported on an assignment that is required in a personal leadership development course. The assignment allows students to apply course content while developing the habit of life-long learning.


Servant Leadership and Constructive Development: How Servant Leaders Make Meaning of Service

Kelly A. Phipps
Phipps proposes a theoretical framework that examines the subject/object relationship for servant leaders at progressive stages of meaning making, showing how the way leaders make meaning of service evolves with their constructive development.

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