Measuring Mechanisms of Student Voice: Development and Validation of Student Leadership Capacity Building Scales
Leadership, Management & Business
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This study developed measurement scales on student leadership capacity building through a survey of 280 students from nine U.S. high schools. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses resulted in a personal, interpersonal, organizational, and overall scale for building student leadership capacity. The scales included eight mechanisms that schools can use to enhance student leadership: pedagogy, relationships, radical collegiality, governance structure, research, group makeup, consistency, and recognition. The scale items also reflected three leadership competencies: critical awareness, inclusivity, and positivity. Focus groups and interviews with students and teachers in these nine schools supported survey findings and suggested implications for practice.
Lyons, L. B., Baron, C., & Brasof, M. (2020). Measuring Mechanisms of Student Voice: Development and Validation of Student Leadership Capacity Building Scales. AERA Open., 6 (1) https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1177/2332858420902066