Impact of an Intensive Service Leadership Course in Mainland China

Tan Lei Daniel SHEK*, Li LIN, Hildie LEUNG, Xiaoqin ZHU

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In this chapter we examine changes in university students after participating in a 3.5-day intensive Service Leadership course incorporated in a leadership training program conducted in mainland China. Participants recruited from three universities in Hong Kong and mainland China were invited to complete a questionnaire before (pre-test), immediately after (post-test), and 12 days after (follow-up test) the course, with outcome indicators including positive youth development, life satisfaction, service leadership beliefs and qualities. Results indicated a stable trend of improvement on these indicators over the three times of assessment. Students had significant or marginally significant higher scores at post-test and they scored significantly higher on all indicators at followup test. Despite absence of a control group and relative short interval between follow-up test and post-test, results suggest that the intensive service leadership course was effective in promoting students’ positive youth development and enhancing their understanding and qualities of service leadership as well as life satisfaction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation in Hong Kong: Service Leadership for University Students
EditorsDaniel T.L. SHEK, Cecilia M.S. MA, Li LIN, Joav MERRICK
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781634849609
ISBN (Print)9781634849289
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NamePublic Health: Practices, Methods and Policies
PublisherNova Science Publishers

Bibliographical note

This work and the condensed Service Leadership Program are financially supported by the Victor and William Fung Foundation. This chapter is a revised and adapted version of an earlier publication in the International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health.

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