ERIC Number: ED252567
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-7
Reference Count: 0
Evaluating Moral Value Development among U.S. Military Academy Cadets.
Priest, Robert; Bridges, Claude
U.S. military service academies hope to develop high standards of moral value among cadets. Tests of "values" are difficult to construct and utilize properly. This paper discusses the strengths and limitations of the Rokeach Value Scales, which have been widely used to measure civilian adult and student values in the U.S., Australia, and elsewhere. Data come from a longitudinal study of 68 West Point cadets who were tested at entrance, after two months of initial summer training, after two years and at graduation. The results showed that cadets enter with values which are different from students entering civilian colleges, and that over time, cadet value priorities become more similar to officer values and less similar to those of civilian groups. Although the Rokeach Value Scales may not provide sufficient detail for some formative evaluations, they appear to be valid in measuring the unique qualities of the military ethos. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Military Academy (West Point) NY; Rokeach Value Survey
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Military Testing Association (26th, Munich, Germany, November 7, 1984).