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Dissertation Abstract

The Translation of the Inventory of Learner Resourcefulness as a Predictor of Leadership Behaviors: Assessing the Level of Resourcefulness Intentions in the Adolescent Autonomous Learner as a Leadership Intervention

Doug Dillner
Regent University


There have been numerous studies relating the conative factors associated with autonomous learning with profound implications for leadership studies. It has been opined that the salient characteristics associated with autonomous learning (resourcefulness, initiative, and persistence) may have a paramount influence upon leaders within the educational system, specifically leadership within adolescent learning entities. However, the school structure currently in place in the US is comprised of a ladder system of advancement that is directed solely by academic achievement. As a student proceeds up the ladder, he is exposed to ever greater needs for learner autonomy. This increase in learner autonomy does not have a linear incremental increase throughout the 13 grades (from K-12) but shows a dramatic increase in the transition from middle (or junior high) school to high school. Studies have suggested that students taught methods for autonomous learning have a greater probability of succeeding well in a high school setting. Further, students who have been given an opportunity to delay entry into a high school setting until they "feel ready" for high school, based on the parents' assessment of the maturity of their child, succeed better than those advanced simply on scholarly achievement. It appears that a tool for assessing learner autonomy may play a significant roll in determining a student's readiness for high school. One validated tool has been used for the adult learner (Carr, 1999); but, no such tool exists to date which is appropriate for the adolescent learner. This tool successfully translated into a usable form for an adolescent, a tool for assessing suitability for the greater learner autonomy that is found in high school. This tool may be the key to answering the question, "Is my child ready for high school?"