Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education


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Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Association of Leadership Educators (2013)


Some students struggle with leadership theory and its underpinnings connected to practice. Some new leadership educators struggle with developing effective instructional design approaches to teaching theory and augmenting conceptual learning. As leadership educators, we did too. Through experimentation with different instructional strategies over the years, we developed a practical method to teaching theory that expedites a deeper understanding of complex theoretical constructs in the social sciences. Our students have become increasingly adept at applying and synthesizing theory in relationship to real-­‐world settings with this approach.