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Leadership Development through Service-Learning: New Directions for Student Leadership, Number 150

Leadership Development through Service-Learning: New Directions for Student Leadership, Number 150

Wendy Wagner (Editor), Jennifer M. Pigza (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-28948-7

May 2016, Jossey-Bass

120 pages



Explore service learning scholarship, and important elements of program design that achieves both leadership learning and community impact.
This volume provides an overview of the most up-to-date thinking on leadership development through service-learning, including:
  • the leadership competencies linked to service-learning experiences,
  • the processes of ethical engagement in community partnerships,
  • approaches for fostering more critical student reflection, and
  • applied examples, including an in-depth case study of a leadership course series, a wealth of service programs led by students, a mentoring model linking college student service with youth leadership development, and a youth leadership program with a national scope.

The Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Student Leadership explores leadership concepts and pedagogical topics of interest to high school and college leadership educators. Issues are grounded in scholarship and feature practical applications and best practices in youth and adult leadership education.

Wendy Wagner, Jennifer M. Pigza

1. The Intersectionality of Leadership and Service-Learning: A 21st-Century Perspective 11
Wendy Wagner, Jennifer M. Pigza

Grounded in a review of the schools of thought that guide leadership and service-learning, the authors propose a set of values to guide leadership educators in their service-learning practice.

2. Complementary Learning Objectives: The Common Competencies of Leadership and Service-Learning 23
Corey Seemiller

This chapter includes a thorough analysis of leadership competency development through service-learning and offers practical advice for course and program development and assessment.

3. Fostering Critical Reflection: Moving From a Service to a Social Justice Paradigm 37
Julie E. Owen

Reflection on service-learning is core to modern approaches to leadership. This chapter offers both the theory and practice of developmentally sequenced critical reflection.

4. Community Partnerships: POWERful Possibilities for Students and Communities 49
Jennifer M. Pigza

Community partnerships for service-learning are the most generative when they are grounded in the theory and practice of 21st century leadership.

5. Reimagining Leadership in Service-Learning: Student Leadership of the Next Generation of Engagement 61
Magali Garcia-Pletsch, Nicholas V. Longo

This chapter argues for service-learning to reach its democratic potential by unleashing the power of student leadership in a democratic educational process.

6. Decentering Self in Leadership: Putting Community at the Center in Leadership Studies 73
Eric Hartman

This case study explores the student and community benefits of a two-semester leadership course in which students engaged in service, education, and advocacy based in a community-identified issue of

7. Intersecting Asset-Based Service, Strengths, and Mentoring for Socially Responsible Leadership 85
Lindsay Hastings

Grounded in an asset-based approach to leadership development, a youth mentor program creates a cascading effect of leadership development.

8. Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership: Using a Theoretical Model at the Intersection of Youth Leadership Education and Service-Learning 97
Vicki Ferrence Ray

This case study of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership organization (HOBY) promotes the idea that leadership is action in service to humanity.