Leadership education and service: Exploring transformational learning following a tornado.

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Abstract

Each year millions of people are affected by disasters that occur around the world. Many organizations and individuals respond to major disasters by coming together to provide needed relief. Humanitarian relief efforts often require elements of leadership and logistics to mobilize essential resources that aid vulnerable groups affected by disaster. This qualitative study evaluates two separate humanitarian relief projects that were hands-on, week-long service trips involving college students who responded to two natural disasters. Using data collected from structured prompt-based journals, the researchers in this study sought to develop a deeper understanding of participant service-learning by examining personal narratives about their exposure to leadership and logistics needs during periods of immense change resulting from disaster. This project merged these narratives with the theoretical frameworks of the Social Change Model of Leadership and Transformational Learning to further understand participant experiences while serving in disorienting conditions. This manuscript outlines themes experienced by these unique teams. A post hoc analysis of the data led the researchers to develop a programmatic assessment tool to be used by similar co-curricular service projects to gauge student leadership growth.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Leadership Education
StatePublished - Mar 15 2015

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