Exploring Discipline Networks for Republic of China Military Academy Cadets: Concerning Vulnerable Members
Much attention has been devoted by military academies in Taiwan to disciplining cadets. In the Internship Cadres System (ICS), which has been implemented by military academies, senior students are responsible for leading and tutoring junior students. Thus, it is vital that military academies not ignore the interactions and relationships between seniors and juniors. Military academies offer a unique environment for cadets; in this regard, the cadets appear to have fewer opportunities to interact with nonmilitary undergraduate students and may be viewed as an isolated population. Using power dependency theory and social network theory, this study examined the patterns of student interactions and discipline within each level of cadre and among junior students. Furthermore, this study employed analysis of variance to analyze and interpret the outcomes. The findings will help administrators discover abnormal incidents in an effective and timely manner. The findings were as follows: (1) a reciprocal relationship existed between seniors and juniors, although a degree of power imbalance was found in some cases; (2) a balanced relationship between cadets and other seniors can improve student responses to discipline, whereas a harmful relationship is counterproductive; and (3) in social networks, junior students who affiliated with groups and cliques that were taken care of by seniors were more satisfied than their nonaffiliated peers. The findings suggest recommendations for future implementation of efficient ICSs.
|關鍵詞||生活管教、社會網絡分析、實習幹部、權力依賴、discipline、social network analysis、internship cadres、power dependency|