Advisor

Omdal, Stuart

Committee Member

Fahey, Kathleen

Committee Member

Ritchotte, Jennifer

Department

Special Education

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley, (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

7-30-2016

Extent

272 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

Leadership giftedness continues to be the hidden dimension in gifted and talented education. There are numerous definitions, a lack of clarity for identifying leadership giftedness and an unfulfilled federal mandate for programming. Yet, leadership continues to be a hidden dimension in gifted and talented education, especially for children with promise who are sometimes identified as at-risk. With a nation’s need for the development of future leaders, this study used phenomenology to conduct interviews with eight individuals to better understand their insights and experiences with leadership as they faced and overcame adversity in their childhood or youth. By conducting open-ended interviews with each participant, the researcher identified major themes and specific leadership attributes that can be taught to students enrolled in K-12 public schools. Leadership training creates access for a transformation of purpose and a collective call to action through today’s children and youth while providing leadership for a world that is unknown to generations yet to be born.

Degree type

PhD

Degree Name

Doctoral

Language

English

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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