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Racial identity development and leadership development among Asian American students in ethnic-identity based organizations : a case study
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
Educational Administration and Leadership
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This thesis explored how involvement in Asian ethnic-identity based organizations affected stud~nts' racial identity development and leadership development. There were five Asian ethnic-identity based organizations in this study; each organization served as a case and together created a collective case study. Participants for this study were the Asian American students in the five organizations. The conceptual framework included Input- Environment Outcome model, Student Involvement theory, Asian American Identity Development model, and Leadership Identity Development model.
Involvement in Asian ethnic-identity based organizations contributed to a more positive perception of one's racial/ethnic identity. Students had greater cultural exploration and commitment to their ethnic identity. Involvement positively contributed to development of leadership identity specifically greater leadership self-efficacy and the ability to collaborate. The study provided insights into how the practice of leadership was affected by organizational structure and membership level. Ethnic-identity based organizations were the venues where students found an inclusive, supportive and encouraging community that fostered racial identity development. Eventually, these students assumed leadership responsibilities to spread cultural awareness and developed other student leaders to sustain their community. Discussed were the implications for practice and future research.
Doan, De Van. (2012). Racial identity development and leadership development among Asian American students in ethnic-identity based organizations : a case study. University of the Pacific, Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted. https://scholarlycommons.pacific.edu/uop_etds/828
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