HomeThe Asia-Pacific Education Researchervol. 21 no. 1 (2012)

A Comparison of the Effects of University Learning Experiences on Student Leadership at Taiwanese General and Technical Universities

Ching-ling Wu

Discipline: Education



This study investigated student leadership at general and technical universities and analyzed how student leadership at the two types of institutions was affected by their university learning experiences. The study was based on longitudinal data drawn from a national survey administered across 156 universities in Taiwan. To avoid overfitting the data, a split-sample design was used. Results indicated that general university students perceived superior leadership over technical university students. Teaching approaches within the two types of institutions had a wide range of effects on student leadership, including negative, nil, and positive effects. Active learning and co-curricular learning across both institutional types showed positive effect on student leadership. Active learning played a particularly important role in enhancing student leadership. Passive learning, by contrast, showed negative or nil effect on student leadership.