A ED 301: Youth Leadership Development, 232A Forbes
Fall Semester 1997, James Knight, Ph.D.
Phone: 621-9144, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Characteristics of effective advisors; leadership styles; strategies
for the management and organization of youth groups in agriculture; practice in leadership
To formulate basic concepts regarding the role of youth organizations
in vitalizing instruction.
To develop a reservoir of student activities which will help to
accomplish desired educational objectives.
To develop insights on how agricultural education and FFA contribute
to youth leadership development.
To develop materials and techniques useful in applying principles of
To describe the role of youth organizations in motivating students
and vitalizing instruction in agricultural education.
To describe the characteristics of basic leadership behavior
To identify the role and duties of the advisor as they relate to the
management, organization and development of effective youth organizations.
To identify the characteristics of a successful youth organization.
To design and develop a plan for carrying out a meaningful youth
organization program of activities.
To design an effective local officer election and development
To develop proficiency in the skills necessary to run an efficient
and effective business meeting for youth organizations.
To develop the ability to use group dynamic techniques for greater
To identify the objectives of vocational education in agriculture at
the secondary school level.
To describe the role of youth organizations as they relate to their
various educational purposes.
Kouzes, J. And Posner, B., The Leadership Challenge.
Class Notes available in the Student Bookstore
National FFA Organization, Official Manual.
National FFA Organization and USDE, FFA Student Handbook.
On Loan (AgEd Office):
National FFA Organization, FFA Advisors Handbook.
Barrick, Cano, and Elliot, The FFA and You, Dec. 94.
On Loan (Dr. Knights Office):
Cohen, W. A. (1990). The Art of the Leader.
Covey, S. R. (1990). Principle-Centered Leadership.
Phillips, D. T. (1993). Lincoln on Leadership.
Manske, F. A. (1990). Secrets of Effective Leadership.
Covey, Merrill, & Merrill, (1994). First Things First.
Bennis, W. (1989). On Becoming a Leader.
Practical Leadership Development Activities
Role of Youth Organizations
Characteristics and Development of Leadership
Duties of the Advisor
Characteristics of an Effective Youth Organization
Leadership Techniques and Tools
Management and Organization of Youth Organizations
Attend all class sessions. The policy on absences and late work will
Participate in class discussions and projects.
Complete all assignments, quizzes and examinations.
Visit local youth groups and submit written Leadership Activity
Record Cards as per assignment sheet on leadership development activities.
Complete the Leadership Development Activities for the laboratory.
Develop a Program of Activities for a youth organization as per
assigned format. Include a Budget and Calendar of Activities.
Develop a process for officer selection utilizing a nominating
Develop a training program for newly elected officers according to
the guidelines outlined in the class session on this topic.
Participate as a member in a parliamentary procedure activity.
Serve as a chair and conduct a parliamentary procedure activity for
at least 10 minutes.
Prepare and submit three written assignments designed to direct
individual leadership growth.
The instructor will have regularly scheduled office hours and will be
available on other occasions by appointment. The schedule of office hours will be given in
class and will be indicated outside of the office. In addition, students may make
appointment with the instructor before or after class, by phone or by e-mail.