In this paper, we describe the leadership training experience of peer facilitators in the Gateway Science Workshop program, including quantitative and qualitative data on participant outcomes.
While many college students enter leadership programs with the goal of developing leadership skills, some specialized leadership programs draw students who seek to gain expertise in a disciplinary area, with leadership development as a secondary goal. In the latter case, program developers face the challenge of generating enthusiasm among student participants for thinking and talking about leadership.
This paper chronicles the evolution of one such program, describing in detail the challenges faced and solutions attempted, as well as presenting quantitative and qualitative data on participant outcomes.
Micari, M., Knife Gould, A., & Lainez, L. (2010). Becoming a leader along the way: Embedding leadership training into a large-scale peer-learning program in the STEM disciplines. Journal of College Student Development, 51(2), 218-230. Access the publication.
This project is part of more than 10 years of research on the Gateway Science Workshop program at Northwestern.