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An arts-based approach to facilitating systems thinking in student leadership programs

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dc.contributor.author Cortes Acosta, Valeria
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-19T20:34:06Z
dc.date.available 2013-04-19T20:34:06Z
dc.date.copyright 2013 en_US
dc.date.issued 2013-04-19
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/4534
dc.description.abstract This study explored the implementation of Image Theatre as a means to developing systems thinking in a co-curricular student leadership development program at the University of Victoria. The research question asked: In what ways does the implementation of an arts-based pedagogical approach, such as Image Theatre, illustrate the potentiality for undergraduate students to better understand ‘the bigger picture’ and the interconnections of their intersecting social systems? This inquiry was conducted through an arts-based methodology and used the Social Change Model of Leadership Development (Higher Education Research Institute, 1996) as a theoretical framework for designing the student leadership program. The study was conducted during a workshop in which Image Theatre and graphic recording were used in parallel to trace connections among the characters portrayed by six undergraduate students interested in environmental sustainability. The themes that emerged included the tensions of individuals ‘caught in the middle’, or system’s integrators, and the role of activism. The study’s findings suggest students’ understanding of systems as fragmented units and identifies the potentiality for further research and intentional practice emphasizing the interconnections and relationships among systems within the curriculum. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject student leadership en_US
dc.subject systems thinking en_US
dc.subject image theatre en_US
dc.subject Theatre for Living en_US
dc.subject graphic recording en_US
dc.subject Social Change Model of Leadership Development en_US
dc.title An arts-based approach to facilitating systems thinking in student leadership programs en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor McGregor, Catherine
dc.degree.department Dept. of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0745 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0727 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0516 en_US


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