ERIC Number: EJ1111315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
The Problems of Authority and the Want of Apprenticeship in Soldiers' Character Development
Berghaus, Paul T.
Journal of Moral Education, v45 n3 p324-337 2016
Militaries that take a character development approach in their moral education programs but rely heavily on authority figures as subject matter experts to teach soldiers face two serious problems. First, soldiers improperly defer to their instructors and, as a result, do not understand the moral virtues taught in class. Second, instructors are in a poor position to motivate soldiers to develop character through the goal-oriented, measurable and supervised practice of specific virtues. These problems threaten character-based moral education programs because people must understand "and" practice the moral virtues to form good character. Building on the work of several prominent moral philosophers, I propose that militaries can mitigate the problems of authority in moral education and enhance soldiers' character development by incorporating an apprenticeship model which leverages the mutual trust that soldiers share with leaders and peers.
Descriptors: Military Personnel, Trust (Psychology), Moral Development, Ethics, Apprenticeships, Moral Values, Teaching Methods, Goal Orientation, Ethical Instruction, Socialization, Friendship, Military Training
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