Student activists in special interest student organizations : experiences and benefits Public Deposited

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  • For more than a decade research on student involvement has informed practitioners in their understanding of the development that results from students' involvement inside and outside the classroom. Since 2006, researchers have explored the socially responsible leadership practices as well as the rise in the popularity of community grassroots organizations; this research has provided a space for a study of the experiences of student activists in change- oriented organizations. Dunkel and Schuh (1998) coined the term Special Interest Organizations to represent this unique category within the great diversity of student organizations on campuses today. As various groups have emerged to meet the needs of college and university students, this study was undertaken to investigate the experience of students in special interest organizations; organizations specifically centered on creating change. Five self-identified student activists who belong to this type of student organization at a major public university participated in a qualitative, constructivist study of their experiences which sought to discover the motivations, outcomes and benefits of their involvement. Fifteen themes emerged to explain their experiences, and the benefits of their experiences, in special interest organizations.
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