June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Engineering Leadership Development Division
For almost ten years, most of the students in the College of Engineering and Technology at XXX University have been required to take a sophomore level leadership foundations course focused on leadership principles, ethics, and global issues. The course is part of an overall leadership framework whereby students are introduced to the importance of leadership as freshmen, they learn foundational leadership principles as sophomores, and they practice these principles as juniors and seniors.
The leadership foundations course is required for graduation by 7 of 10 programs within the College of Engineering and Technology. Students external to the college also participate in the course as it fulfills two general education requirements for graduation. As a result, the college teaches approximately 15 sections each academic year averaging 60-80 students per section. Data from previous semesters indicates that approximately 10-15% of student course participants are external to the college.
In this paper we discuss a survey of 171 students initially enrolled in the leadership foundations course regarding their perceptions and attitudes towards leadership. Results include a comparison of students who are required to take the course and those for whom it is optional. We discuss student perceptions and attitudes about the importance of leadership as compared to other skills they learn within their chosen major. The paper also provides insight on what topics in a leadership course students believe are the most important.
Parkinson, A. R., & Warnick, G. M., & Davies, R. (2017, June), Student Perceptions and Attitudes Towards a Required vs. an Optional Course in Leadership Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28864
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