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Enhancing Psychology Students' Experiences: The Development of an Undergraduate Leadership Programme

Cohen, L., Chang, P.P.W., Hendricks, J., Cope, V.ORCID: 0000-0002-4528-4268 and Harman, B. (2011) Enhancing Psychology Students' Experiences: The Development of an Undergraduate Leadership Programme. Psychology Learning & Teaching, 10 (2). pp. 164-169.

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Leadership is a practical skill, highly valued by employers but not formally taught in Australian psychology curricula. The Edith Cowan University School of Psychology and Social Science developed a programme aimed at addressing the lack of leadership training in undergraduate psychology students. This 12-month extracurricular programme provided theoretical and practical experience in leadership, and incorporated a formal series of workshops and seminars with three curricular components: leadership knowledge, leadership skills, and leadership in action. Students were then provided with the opportunity to develop and practise their leadership skills by participating in a series of expert-driven seminars, through role-playing, perspective taking, and management of groups. Finally, students worked with local industry leaders to provide strategic leadership in developing and implementing a community project. This paper outlines the components of the programme and a qualitative evaluation of the students' experiences, the development of their leadership capacity, and their participation in respective community projects.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Symposium Journals
Copyright: © 2011 by SAGE Publications
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