Building leadership capacity in undergraduate students

2010 ALTC Teaching Fellowship

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Professor Lynne Cohen

Fellowship years: 2010 - 2013

Abstract: This fellowship addresses the significant issue of leadership. Its primary focus is developing leadership skills in undergraduate students. This is an area that has been under-researched and -debated in recent work about graduate attributes, generic skills, and work integrated learning. The fellowship will research, refine and trial an innovative approach that promotes leadership knowledge, leadership skills and leadership in action. The student program will be delivered through retreat workshops and work-based student projects directly related to their academic studies. The program aims to equip students with skills and insights that will help them to lead, inspire and positively influence their professions and workplaces. It will adopt a model of distributed leadership to conduct trials across diverse disciplines and professions in four Australian universities. This approach has the great advantage of also enhancing the leadership capacity of students and university teachers by engaging them in critical debate, reflection and feedback around the application of the leadership model in their own context.

Fellowship discipline: Cross-disciplinary

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