A Study of Post-Baccalaureate Leadership Curricula at Select Christian Institutions of Higher Education

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Title: A Study of Post-Baccalaureate Leadership Curricula at Select Christian Institutions of Higher Education
Author: Foster, Anthony
Advisor: Dredfeldt, Gary
Abstract: The purpose of this mixed method content analysis and descriptive study

was to determine the core courses, course descriptors, and described competencies of

Leadership Studies curricula at select Christian higher educational institutions.

An extensive literature review revealed the complex nature of the issues

affecting the current study. It set the theological foundations for a Christian view of

the curriculum and leadership authority, biblical models, and their parallels in the

leadership literature. The Christian leadership curriculum was approached from a

standpoint of lifespan development, curriculum design, essential leadership

competencies, and the integration of leadership literature.

After a descriptive analysis of the study methodology, the results of the

study revealed the distribution of programs and degree types by category and

percentage, a census and categorization of courses offered in leadership programs at

CCCU member schools, and definitions of competencies taught in those courses. It

was discovered that several discrete categories of leadership programs exist. Program

objectives were analyzed to yield a categorization of program objectives by rank.

Conclusions were drawn based on the frequency of courses, the

competencies that are being taught, and course objectives that emerged. The results of

a comparative analysis revealed that precedent competencies from other select studies

were present in the programs, but no evidence was found to affirm that the

perceptions of importance associated with of the competencies correlates to the

frequency at which they are being taught. Leadership development models for the

programs were qualified in relation to Kiedis' Taxonomy of Leadership Development


Finally, the implications ofthe research were extensively examined in

regard to the study methodology, the categories that emerged, and what was revealed

as missing. Applications of the research were posited in regard to definitions of

leadership development, content analysis, the design and delivery of the curriculum,

exemplar programs, and recommendations for the integration of principles and

pedagogical issues which surfaced in the course of the study. Extensive appendices

report descriptive data that emerged from the study.

Keywords: Leadership, content analysis, leadership curriculum, curriculum

design, leadership competency, leadership development, distance learning, Council for

Christian Colleges and Universities, CCCU, leadership degree

URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10392/3803
Date: 2010-05

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