Leadership for Learning: Student Perspectives

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Abstract

This chapter provides a grounded understanding of the meanings attached to leadership by adolescents and its association with learning. It draws on Australian research undertaken with adolescents in schools and sporting clubs as examples of organised settings in which young people gather and learn. Organisations such as these are traditionally structured in hierarchical ways affording young people the opportunity to experience leadership as it is defined by adults as well as leadership as it is experienced amongst peers spontaneously in playgrounds and sporting arenas. It is suggested that defining leadership from an adolescent perspective will help re-conceptualise approaches to youth leadership experience and learning for civic engagement. It suggests that a broader view of leadership and its capacity to enhance learning and foster a higher level of civic engagement within the school and the wider community is a focus researchers must embrace in the future.