Lindsay Lyons, Ph.D. is a 2018 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Dr. Lyons at her Dissertation Defense.
L-R: Dr. Carol Baron, Committee Chair, Dr. Philomena Essed, Committee Member, Dr. Marc Brasof, [not shown] Committee Member.
- Carol Baron, Ph.D., Committee Chair
- Philomena Essed, Ph.D., Committee Member
Marc Brasof, Ed.D., Committee Member
This study developed a set of scales to measure building student leadership capacity in high schools. Student leadership is defined here as students working collaboratively to affect positive change in their educational environments with support from adults and mechanisms in the school. Fostering student leadership in schools has the potential to improve student development and academic achievement. The three scales are organized into three capacity building dimensions: personal, interpersonal, and organizational. Within each scale, items reflect leadership competencies of critical awareness, inclusivity, and positivity. Eight mechanisms identified from the student voice literature were also embedded in the items: radical collegiality, pedagogy, research, relationship, consistency, governance structures, group makeup, and recognition. The research involved two phases. In Phase 1, 280 students from nine schools took a survey that measured their perceptions of opportunities to build leadership in their schools. The results were analyzed using exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis. Several models were tested including a set of items intended to measure personal, interpersonal, and organizational leadership capacity building as well as a three-factor, Overall Student Leadership Capacity Building Scale. All demonstrated acceptable model fit scores. T-tests, ANOVAs, and metric invariance tests found significant differences for: urbanicity and year in school. Mean scores on items reflecting student leadership competencies and mechanisms were compared to determine if there were significant differences by school. In Phase 2, students and teachers participated in focus groups and provided feedback on the instrument and discussed how the survey results could help inform efforts to build student leadership capacity in high schools. This set of scales will inform future research and educational leadership programming, equipping students with the tools to lead, learn, and thrive. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA: Antioch University Repository and Archive, http://aura.antioch.edu/ and OhioLINK ETD Center, https://etd.ohiolink.edu/
Lyons, L. B. (2018). Fostering Leadership in High School: Development and Validation of Student Leadership Capacity Building Scales. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/449
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