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ERIC Number: ED430950
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 24
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Benchmarking Teacher Education: What Can We Learn from the Military?
Wilmore, Elaine L.
This paper examines how the United States Military Academy at West Point produces consistently high standards of quality, discussing what teacher education can learn from the military. West Point's mission is to educate and train the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate shall have the attributes essential to professional growth throughout a career as an officer in the U.S. Army. West Point faculty include those who are similar to tenured faculty, rotating faculty, and civilian professors. West Point has a highly competitive cadet selection process, and class sizes are small. Each cadet is evaluated through the Leadership Evaluation and Development Ratings System. Professors regularly conference about and with cadets, providing continuous monitoring and assessment. Professors of student teachers are strongly involved in supervisory and developmental activities. Administration is totally autocratic, there is an established procedure for everything, and there is no academic freedom. After the first academic year, cadets become team leaders and are eventually promoted to cadet officers and begin to train new cadets. West Point is competitive with other programs (e.g., state universities with ROTC programs, which are less expensive). West Point is doing many of the educational tenets that are research validated, but often are not feasible in teacher education (e.g., small class size, integrated instruction, mentoring, hands-on applications, and cohort groups of students). (Contains 8 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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