Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair
Secondary Advisor/Reader One
Jennifer McCarty Plucker
This qualitative research study focused on the middle school students perspectives of leadership experiences during their daily school lives. Data collection methods include surveys, focus group, individual interviews, field observations, and written artifacts. Participants from a Midwestern suburban middle school were selected for this research based on the fact that the researcher was also the teacher with daily access to the students. Findings suggested that middle school students define leadership on a vast range of meanings, such as helping others to influence change. Themes developed from the findings; e.g. quiet students, negative leaders, leading as a group or individually, and the heart in leadership that students bring daily. Areas for future research include a more intensive study on leadership opportunities students experience in the classroom setting, ways in which introverted students lead, and the challenge to be heard in a middle school setting.
Focus Group, Interview, Observation, Survey (attitude scale, opinion, questionnaire)
Leadership, Middle School Adolescents
Backes, Brenda, "Middle School Voices On Leadership Matter: Adults Miss "The Small Ways In Which We Lead" (2019). School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 4469.
School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations