Book Published: 2020
This video provides a preview of the book volume, focusing on the development of student leaders, in the context of higher education transformation, through creating global learning spaces. It outlines the two prominent ‘change impact’ programmes that the University of the Free State developed and implemented over the period of 2010 – 2018, namely the First Year Leadership for Change (F1L4C) study abroad programme and the reciprocal Global Leadership Summit (GLS).
The book, comprising of 9 chapters and an addendum, is authored by programme participants from across the globe, and can be categorised in four parts. In part 1 it provides an overview of the theoretical perspectives on student leadership development through global learning initiatives and explores the challenges of higher education transformation in a globalising world. Part 2 focuses on the historical underpinnings, as well as the architecture and evolvement of these programmes. In part 3 different authors provide various scholarly perspectives and inputs from several academic disciplines. The last part concludes with a comparative analysis and a coherent argument to create new conceptual understandings of student leadership development and to extend existing frameworks in the current body of literature.
This book offers new insights on student leadership development, global learning, and higher education transformation, unavailable in previous research. It addresses some of the contextual and conceptual limitations in the current body of literature. It will have theoretical and practical significance for Student Affairs professionals, higher education administrators and scholars. Furthermore, this book might also hold personal significance for all students and staff across the world that participated in the F1L4C and GLS programmes since 2010.
The hope is that it will unlock new possibilities for higher education ‘change agents.’
Editors and Presenters:
- W.P. Wahl, Division of Student Affairs, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
- René Pelser, Student Leadership Development, Division of Student Affairs, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
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