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Developing responsible leadership through a 'pedagogy of challenge': An investigation into the impact of leadership education on teenagers

Higham, R; Freathy, R; Wegerif, R; (2010) Developing responsible leadership through a 'pedagogy of challenge': An investigation into the impact of leadership education on teenagers. School Leadership & Management , 30 (5) pp. 419-434. 10.1080/13632434.2010.525229. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper proposes a new model for understanding education through ‘responsible leadership’ – a term which draws on the models of distributed and authentic leadership and on a dialogic understanding of responsible action. It defines ‘dispositions for learning’ as different forms of the single quality of ‘openness to learning’. A ‘pedagogy of challenge’ is proposed as a way of developing these dispositions. The model is tested through a small-scale investigation into the effect of a two-day leadership education course on five 14-year-old students which conforms to the proposed model. This suggests a link between the students' participation and their dispositions for learning; in addition, it suggests change in their attitude towards, and perceived performance in, their academic subjects over a four-month period. It also highlights potential conflicts between promoting responsible leadership and curricular, assessment-focused learning. Larger-scale studies are recommended.

Type: Article
Title: Developing responsible leadership through a 'pedagogy of challenge': An investigation into the impact of leadership education on teenagers
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13632434.2010.525229
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/13632434.2010.525229
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: student leadership, dispositions for learning, pedagogy of challenge, responsible leadership
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10085538
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