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A framework for developing and supporting student leadership in higher education


Skalicky, J and Warr Pedersen, K and van der Meer, J and Fuglsang, S and Dawson, P and Stewart, S, A framework for developing and supporting student leadership in higher education, Studies in Higher Education, 45, (1) pp. 100-116. ISSN 0307-5079 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2018 Society for Research into Higher Education

DOI: doi:10.1080/03075079.2018.1522624


Developing leadership in students is part of the remit of higher education institutions. In recent decades, student leadership development programs have proliferated at universities worldwide. However, the contested understanding of the term 'leadership' has resulted in lack of clarity regarding how this may be 'developed' in higher education. There are many programs that contribute towards developing leadership in students and not all of them do so explicitly. Moreover, in the absence of clear conceptual underpinnings and pedagogic approaches, it is questionable whether these programs can deliver the graduate capabilities employers are increasingly expecting. Recognising this diversity and range of different understandings of leadership that underpin these programs, this paper presents an overarching inclusive framework that provides guidelines to support quality assurance across the broad range of leadership development initiatives in higher education. The paper describes the development of the framework, explains its core components and provides an illustration of it.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:student leadership development programs, evaluation, higher education, graduate skills, quality assurance, case study
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Skalicky, J (Dr Jane Skalicky)
UTAS Author:Warr Pedersen, K (Ms Kristin Warr)
UTAS Author:Fuglsang, S (Ms Sally Fuglsang)
UTAS Author:Stewart, S (Dr Sarah Stewart)
ID Code:129022
Year Published:2020 (online first 2018)
Deposited By:ED Student Life and Enrichment
Deposited On:2018-11-02
Last Modified:2021-09-07

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