Project-based learning (PjBL) is one of the learning models recognized by education experts as an effective method of achieving learning objectives in developing process skills; however, few studies have examined its potential for fostering leadership skills. This study aims to investigate postgraduate teacher students' experiences with project-based learning as a means of developing students leadership skills. The research involved 24 postgraduate students and utilized a qualitative approach to data collection and analysis. The findings reveal that while some aspects of project-based learning were perceived as straightforward, other steps were deemed challenging, particularly those that involved higher order thinking skill and emotional consideration. However, the process of interaction and communication during the learning process appears to be a critical factor in the development of leadership skills. These results suggest that further research is needed to explore the potential of project-based learning for developing postgraduate student leadership and to identify effective strategies for implementing this approach. Overall, this study highlights the importance of integrating leadership development into educational curricula and the need for ongoing professional development for teachers to effectively facilitate leadership skill development.


communication, high-level thinking skill, student leadership, project-based learning, qualitative method

Author Bio(s)

Enung Hasanah is a researcher and a lecturer at the Educational Management of Universitas Ahmad Dahlan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She received her doctorate of philosophy in educational sciences – social science education from Yogyakarta State University, Indonesia. Enung Hasanah she is also a member of BAN SM Propinsi Yogyakarta (National Accreditation Council for School/Madrasa Special Region of Yogyakarta). Her primary research interests include social science, educational psychology, educational science, and culture. Please direct correspondence to enung.hasanah@mp.uad.ac.id.

M. Ikhwan Albadar is a researcher and student in the Japanese Language Education study program at Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. In addition, Badar is also the founder of CV SRPI (srpii.org), which manages various academic activities regarding educational research, language, and social humanities. Please direct correspondence to m.ikhwan.fpb20@mail.umy.ac.id

M. Ikhsan Al Ghazy is a researcher in education and natural sciences. Ghazy is a student in the master’s program in biology education at Yogyakarta State University, Indonesia. Please direct correspondence to mikhsan.2020@student.uny.ac.id

Fauzia is a researcher and a lecturer at the Educational Management of Universitas Ahmad Dahlan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Her area of expertise is focused on conducting research in the fields of social sciences and language disciplines. Please direct correspondence to fauzia@pbi.uad.ac.id


Thank you to LPPM UAD for providing internal research funds for 2022 with the number PD-071/SP3/LPPM-UAD/VII/2022

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