A Descriptive Study of First Graders' Leadership Development through Classroom Meetings
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This study examined the participation, interactions and leadership development of a group of first grade students involved in the classroom meeting process. Students participated in classroom meeting sessions twice a week for a period of six weeks. Research was guided by the five questions. Through video analysis, extensive observations, student interview responses, and student interactions during specified activities, the data indicated students' perspectives on the process itself and how it influenced their leadership development and daily interactions. The data indicated that students sensed a purpose for conducting classroom meetings and took a vested interest in the process. The results also imply that the implementation of the classroom meeting process affects the lives of the individuals involved by providing them with problem solving tools to use in times of adversity. According to the data, the implementation of the classroom meeting process increased student awareness and understanding of others and oftlw leadership characteristics inherent in the participants.
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