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Ng, David Foo Seong
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This thesis paper seeks to explore the effects of the Peer Helping Program on leadership competencies learning through a servant leadership approach. There have been several research studies with findings proposing the significance regarding the study of student leadership at different situational angles. Literature review encompassing Peer Helper and Student Leadership within the context of higher education identified gaps and issues such as lack of consistency regarding a defined theoretical framework for Peer Helper Training and scarcity of related research on peer helping and student leadership conducted in Asia and specifically, within Singapore context. Research has suggested that the ultimate aim of higher education is to produce future leaders for the workforce. Hence, there is a pertinent need to explore and investigate student leadership and its learning in higher education to ensure efforts are consistent with the desired outcomes.

This study is framed by a qualitative research design utilising interview as the method for the collection of data. Using a semi-structured interview with questions that are guided by the servant leadership framework, 5 selected Peer Helper Leaders are interviewed individually. The 24 questions were constructed intently encompassing 3 dimensions of servant leadership namely, ontological, attittudinal and behavioural as the guiding directives due to their relevance in the contextual field of peer helping to ensure meaningfulness. Under these 3 dimensions, 6 leadership competencies were further outlined. Kolb’s learning model was deployed to further synthesise the relevance and meaningfulness for the selected context on the learning of
competencies. Using qualitative content analysis for data analysis, this research is convened with the hope of using the findings for student learning professionals, policymakers, co-curriculum planners, counsellors and educators in their consideration for the potential outcomes, improvements and impactful contribution in the area of leadership skills learning for university students from a Peer Helper Program in the context of higher education.
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