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Queen's University

Department of History

Ph.D. Candidate, Howard Coombs and co-editor Randy Wakelam's forthcoming book to be published in January 2010

Randy Wakelam and Howard G. Coombs recently edited "The Report of the fficer Development Board: Maj-Gen Roger Rowley and Education for Canada's fficer Corps." It will be published by Wilfrid Laurier Press in January 2010 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the report.

This volume contains the original text of a 1969 groundbreaking study on professional education for the Canadian officer corps. Entitled The Report f the Officer Development Board and commonly called the Rowley Report after s primary author, Maj-Gen Roger Rowley, the analysis and recommendations have been used in several instances over the last 40 years to help define earning needs and education strategies for officers of the Canadian Forces. The report has been lauded by leaders from other militaries and by civilian educators in Canada.

Rowley began by describing the complex state of international relations and global trends and then laid out the cognitive competencies and knowledge equirements as well as the ethos needed by officers to perform effectively. In addition to the original report the volume contains three essays which provide context. This first deals with the lasting impact of the Report, he second examines the development of intellectual ideas, more commonly referred to as 'doctrine', within the Canadian Army and the final essay is an account by Rowley himself discussing the challenges he faced in producing the Report.

Taken together these essays and the body of the report offer unique cultural and pedagogical insights to Canada's military leadership.






October 16, 2009

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