Leadership, Popular Culture and Social Change
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Leadership, Popular Culture and Social Change

Edited by Kristin M.S. Bezio and Kimberly Yost

The newest generation of leaders was raised on a steady diet of popular culture artifacts mediated through technology, such as film, television and online gaming. As technology expands access to cultural production, popular culture continues to play an important role as an egalitarian vehicle for promoting ideological dissent and social change. The chapters in this book examine works and creators of popular culture – from literature to film and music to digital culture – in order to address the ways in which popular culture shapes and is shaped by leaders around the globe as they strive to change their social systems for the better.
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Chapter 14: Beyond bans and beyond the classroom: Wikipedia, leadership and social change in higher education

Holly Connell Schaaf


This analysis explores use of the website Wikipedia in university courses. Schaaf argues that faculty leadership styles affect student outcomes more profoundly than the basic genre of assignments involving the site. Analyzing the leadership of several instructors in the context of integrative leadership and collaborative leadership—two models shaped by contemporary technology—Schaaf shows not only how these approaches can create change in the classroom by enabling instructors to facilitate peer collaboration and deepen student attention to audience, but also how these strategies make engagement beyond the classroom possible, creating opportunities for students to be active participants in social change.

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