Capstone/Dissertation Title

What Effect Does Teaching Leadership Skills Have on Third Grade Students?

Term

Fall 9-4-2014

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Susan Manikowski

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Jessica T. Hanson

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Angela Zoller Barker

Abstract

Leadership skills are beneficial for students to learn to help with success in the classroom and in their daily lives. Elementary classrooms are an ideal place to teach these skills, although character education has not been integrated into many schools. The purpose of this qualitative study was to observe what effects explicitly teaching leadership skills had on third grade students. “The 7 Habits of Happy Kids” from the FranklinCovey Institute, Responsive Classroom, and several pictures books were used with activities to help explore and reflect on different types of leaderships students will encounter. The instruction and activities that were conducted along with student responses to questions on leadership, activities, and interviews are included. Pre- and post-questionnaires were used to see if leadership instruction was successful. The results of the study shows teaching leadership skills does positively affect third graders and benefits their academics, as well as social/emotional intelligences.

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