Delving into Female Adolescents Leadership Experiences in the Midst of Leading Service Learning Engagements: A Qualitative Case Study

  • Heather Michael Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Jennifer Mitton-Kükner St Francis Xavier University
Keywords: Key words, Adolescent leadership, service learning, female adolescents, found poetry, qualitative case study, Mots clés, dirigeants adolescents, apprentissage par le service, adolescentes, poésie retrouvée, étude qualitative de cas

Abstract

The purpose of this work is to explore the experiences of four adolescent females who assumed leadership roles in service learning projects, in order to understand more about how those projects inspired and informed their understanding of themselves as leaders in the school and community. What became clear through this study is that age and gender played largely into participants’ understanding of leadership. It also became evident that adolescent females need opportunities to practice their leadership skills and that service learning projects have the potential to create such occasions.

L’objectif de ce travail est d’explorer les expériences de quatre adolescentes qui ont assumé des rôles de leadership dans le contexte de projets d’apprentissage par le service, et d’en tirer des connaissances sur la mesure dans laquelle ces projets les ont inspirées et ont façonné leur identité de chef au sein de l’école et de la communauté. Les résultats indiquent que l’âge et le sexe ont joué un rôle significatif dans leur compréhension du leadership. Ils révèlent également que les adolescentes ont besoin d’occasion de pratiquer leurs compétences en leadership et que les projets d’apprentissage par le service présentent le potentiel de fournir de telles occasions.

 

Author Biographies

Heather Michael, Teachers College, Columbia University

Heather Michael is Doctoral student in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a graduate from the Masters in Education program at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. Her research interests include adolescent identities, critical literacies, and student experiences in the International Baccalaureate Program. 

Jennifer Mitton-Kükner, St Francis Xavier University

Jennifer Mitton-Kükner is an Associate Professor of Assessment, Secondary Literacy, and Qualitative Research Methods in the Faculty of Education at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. Her research interests include multiliteracies in the content areas, teachers as researchers, adolescent literacy, and pre-service teachers and the LGBTQ community in schools.

Published
2017-05-19
Section
ARTICLES