Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Joanne C. Preston

Second Advisor

Dr. Kenneth A. Blick

Third Advisor

Dr. L. James Tromater


This study examined the effectiveness of training methods in effective leadership principles. Forty-two male and female Introductory Psychology students were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: computer-based training (CBT), computer-based training with videotaped vignettes (CBTV), or group-based workshop training with videotaped vignettes (GBW). Training effectiveness was assessed on two dependent variables, pretest/posttest scores in conceptual knowledge and pretest/posttest scores in applied knowledge. Only partial support was found for the hypothesis that there would be significant differences in mean pretest and mean posttest scores on both conceptual and applied knowledge as a result of training method. Method of training was not found to significantly affect these mean scores on either dependent variable. However, training in general was found to significantly increase mean scores for both conceptual knowledge and applied knowledge of effective leadership principles.

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