Exploring the supports that contribute to establishing elementary student leadership programs
This action research study investigated the current existence of student leadership programs offered at the elementary level and identified supports that can be present in order for an elementary leadership development and training program to be established. A mixed-methods research design was conducted involving BC provincial elementary administrators as well as elementary teachers in School District 69 (Qualicum). Four themes emerged in this study reflecting supports needed for the facilitation of elementary student leadership: (1) vision/culture, (2) administrative supports, (3) 21st century learning, and (4) communication. The findings of this study assert that when administration and teachers support student leadership development through an alignment in vision to include involvement of partnership groups and administrative supports, elementary student leadership programs can be sustainable. This research contributes to the field by providing insights into the supports that can be considered in the facilitation of elementary student leadership programs.