This quantitative, quasi-experimental study examined the effectiveness of a service learning activity on the perceived leadership behaviors of sport management undergraduate students at a mid-sized, Midwestern, public university. The participants in the study were 74 undergraduate students who were enrolled in four undergraduate sport management courses. The first research question analyzed how a service learning experience affects the self-reported perceptions of leadership behavior in sport management undergraduate students. The findings indicated that the students who participated in a service learning activity (experiential group) self-reported a decrease in all five leadership practices. The second research question asked how not having a service learning experience affects the self-reported perceptions of leadership behavior in sport management undergraduate students. The findings indicated that the students who did not participate in a service learning activity (control group) self-reported an increase in four of the leadership practices, and a decrease in one. While there are some important limitations, this study does contribute to the growing body of research in providing ideas in how to best utilize service-learning projects at the collegiate level to help students develop quality leadership behaviors. In addition, recommendations for further research and practice are discussed.
Date of Degree
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Romsa, B. (2013). Undergraduate sport management students' perceptions of leadership behaviors through service learning: A quantitative, quasi-experimental study. [Doctoral dissertation, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/92/
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