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'I didn’t just want a degree': students’ perceptions about benefits from participation in student leadership programmes

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van der Meer, J, Skalicky, J and Speed, H 2019 , ''I didn’t just want a degree': students’ perceptions about benefits from participation in student leadership programmes' , Journal of Leadership Education, vol. 18, no. 1 , pp. 25-44 , doi: 10.12806/V18/I1/R3.

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Abstract

Increasingly, universities are involved in providing leadership development opportunities that support students’ academic endeavours and their personal and professional development, including employability and citizenship skills. Leadership experiences are beneficial not only for students, but also for universities, the wider community, and future employers. To develop a greater understanding of students’ perceived benefits of their involvement in peer leadership activities, a group of Australasian universities participated in a pilot survey based on the United States National Survey of Peer Leadership. Overall, the results suggest students believe they benefit from peer leadership experiences across a range of key outcomes areas, most prominently creative problem solving, appreciation of diversity, and a sense of belonging and contributing to the university community.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:van der Meer, J and Skalicky, J and Speed, H
Keywords: peer leader experiences, benefits, extra-curricular programmes, student leadership, graduate attributes
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Leadership Education
Publisher: Association of Leadership Educators, Inc.
ISSN: 1552-9045
DOI / ID Number: 10.12806/V18/I1/R3
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