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Kortegast, Carrie A., 1975-

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Counseling, Adult and Higher Education


Peer counseling of students; Experiential learning; Educational leadership


The purpose of this interpretive study was to identify the transformational learning experiences and leadership development process of college students who participate in peer leadership positions. This study explored the relationship between peer leadership roles and transformational learning. The study was shaped by four research questions: 1) How do college students who engage in peer leadership roles describe their experiences? 2) How do these student leaders make meaning of their experience? 3) What processes help student leaders make meaning of their peer leadership role? 4) What knowledge, skills, and abilities do participants report having gained as a result of their peer leadership role? Participants included 16 college students who were engaged in peer leadership activities. Learning from exposure to diverse peer interactions; identity exploration and reconciliation; enhanced personal, professional, and academic development; community responsibility as leaders; and lack of institutional support emerged as the central themes of this study.


Advisors: Carrie Kortegast.||Committee members: Laverne Gyant; Laura Johnson.||Includes bibliographical references.


vi, 141 pages




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