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Perceptions of fraternity involvement on leadership development among members of one historically Black fraternity at predominantly White institutions

Kourt D Williams, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

This quantitative study sought to answer the question—do members of historically Black fraternities at predominantly White institutions (PWIs) perceive fraternity involvement as important to the process of developing/acquiring: leadership skills, leadership traits, and leadership roles. Additionally, perceptions were sought regarding the relative importance of fraternity involvement to their educational experience and anticipated future success. A three-section Likert-scale survey instrument was mailed to a random sample (N = 1000) of undergraduate members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. attending PWIs across the United States. ^ Independent variables of leadership characteristics included: four skills (Communication, Negotiation, Organization, Time Management), nine traits (Courage, Decisiveness, Dependability, Judgment, Sensibility, Loyalty, Enthusiasm, Endurance, Initiative), and eight roles (Monitor, Coordinator, Director, Producer, Innovator, Broker, Facilitator, and Mentor). The dependent variables were perception of preparation, and perception as being essential. ^ It was determined that members from one historically Black fraternity at PWIs perceived their fraternity had a positive influence on the development/acquisition of leadership skills, leadership traits, and leadership roles. Additionally, the members perceived leadership development/acquisition was important. In addition, members perceived leadership development was important to their educational experiences and anticipated future successes. ^ The Black participants at PWIs perceived their fraternity involvement had a greater influence on development/acquisition of leadership skills than on leadership roles. Finally, the participants perceived development/acquisition of leadership skills was most essential to their overall educational experience and development/acquisition of leadership roles was least essential. ^ This study allowed for claiming there was a perceived relationship between the importance of leadership development and the influences of fraternity involvement among historically Black fraternity members at predominantly White institutions. ^

Subject Area

Black Studies|Education, Sociology of|Education, Administration|Education, Higher

Recommended Citation

Williams, Kourt D, "Perceptions of fraternity involvement on leadership development among members of one historically Black fraternity at predominantly White institutions" (2004). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3147159.
http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI3147159

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