Enhancing Teachers' Skills for Executive Level Seminars
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The United States Army War Colleges mission is to produce officers prepared to assume the responsibilities of strategic leadership. The means of achieving these ends is to develop the students ability to think and the way to accomplish this development is through executive-level seminars. Strategic leaders must make informed decisions which allow them to take authoritative action without proof of its correctness. Learning the essential thinking skills requires student discussions, explicit emphasis on critical thinking procedures and methods using varied examples, and verbalization of methods and strategies. For this to occur the seminar climate must be one of trust and an openness to change. The instructor must create this atmosphere and effectively facilitate critical inquiry from the resulting discourse. A framework for instructors to develop the skills necessary to accomplish these is presented.