Through the eyes of student leaders:

Sub Title: exploring experiences through narrative inquiry

Author: Idala, Maybelle, Jancinal, Rosieline and Lato

Accession Number: 1510-UGT

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Copyright Year: 2015

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Regardless of ones' profession or field, leadership plays a momentous part in our everyday lives, thus, it is one of the key in the establishment of institutions of higher education. This study is designed to explore the experiences of student leaders about leadership and the ways in which the leadership opportunities shape leadership experiences. This study arises because of the fact that the researchers themselves are leaders and that they are aware that leadership is not an overnight process. Furthermore, leadership chooses an individual not other way around, to simply put it, not everybody can be leaders. The researchers of this study used constructionism and interpevitism as its epistemology and was anchored on Burns theory of tramsformational leadership and Astin's involvement theory. This research made use of qualitative research. The researchers asked open ended questions to their participants and to ensure the validity of the results, researchers used methodological triangulation which involves the use of multiple and/or quantitative methods to study the program. This study used the individual interview, meber checking, and archival documentation to ensure the validation process of the data gathered (Denzin, 1970). During the analysis of the transcript, three levels of coding were used: open coding, axial coding, and selective coding. The results offer varies experiences in leadership and have come up with eight (8) themes: Training Ground Appraisal, (2) Defining Principals, (3) Triggering Point, (4) Intrapersonal Impact, (5) End Product, (6) Interpersonal Impact, (7) Young Envision, (8) Born or Made? . The findings from this study provide an important foundation from which students, aspiring leaders, the academe, and future researchers may be able to glean valuable insights from the experiences of student leaders. Moreover, it strives to contribute to the body of knowledge about student leader's experiences which goes beyond the development of an individual's leadership skills. The findings of this qualitative research study provided insight into how involvement in leadership through student government organizations can make and change a person towards learning.


Keywords: student leaders, narrative inquiry

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