June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
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Differences in Leadership and Project Based Learning Outcomes in Developed andUndeveloped CountriesAndrew T. ConleyMichigan Technological University organized the Pavlis Institute for Global TechnologicalLeadership with the help of alumnus Frank Pavlis in 2005 to teach ambitious students the cultureand leadership skills necessary for being successful in a globalized economy. The Institute wasfounded on the principle of educating future leaders through an in-depth study of leadership,discussions on cultural influences, and culminating with an immersive international leadershipexperience.The definition of leadership has been debated for many years and frequently changes basedworld events, social movements, and economic developments. It is well-accepted that leadershipis multi-faceted: formed by many different traits made evident in various situations. Betweenproject management, vision, cultural awareness, communication, respect, and inspiration, leadersare shaped by their environment and their responsibilities.For students travelling abroad to partake in leadership activities the environment in whichleadership is practiced has important effects on the type of skills developed. Many would agreethat tutoring students in a different language, planning an event, building a water filtrationsystem, or building a school house are all examples in which leadership skills in a broad senseare developed; however, differences in the political background, economic state, and many otherfactors influence the type of skills which receive the most attention.This is no different for students in the Pavlis Institute. While most students travel to developingregions in West Africa or southern India, some students select developed countries such asArgentina or Malta. While the Institute focuses on leadership development in a general sense,individuals have significantly different experiences and learning outcomes depending on theregion’s development.This paper will discuss the fundamental differences in learning outcomes between internationalundergraduate project work in developed and developing countries. Using Michigan Tech’sPavlis Institute as the foundation, a clear distinction between aspects of leadership experiencedwill be drawn and the benefits of each will be discussed. Regardless of the location orenvironment, international project-work provides students an invaluable opportunity to developcharacter and solidify their foundation of leadership skills.
Conley, A. T., & Warrington, R. O. (2015, June), Differences in Leadership and Project Based Learning Outcomes in Developed and Developing Countries Paper presented at 2015 ASEE International Forum, Seattle, Washington. https://peer.asee.org/17133
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