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One of the most significant changes in the evolution of higher education in the United States has been the emergence of academic disciplines. This chapter explores the influence academic disciplinary perspectives have had on leadership education. A historical perspective of higher education is explored and definitions for intradisciplinary, multidisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and interdisciplinary perspectives are provided. In addition, the authors examine the impact disciplinary perspectives have had on components of leadership education, specifically leadership educators, content, pedagogical practices, and research. In each of the sections covering a unique component of leadership education, the chapter reviews the current state, tensions, and movement forward based on the purposeful decision of leadership education to embrace intradisciplinary, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.

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