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Using authentic assessment to enhance seafarer student engagement and their ability to transfer learning


Ghosh, S and Bowles, M and Ranmuthugala, D and Brooks, B, Using authentic assessment to enhance seafarer student engagement and their ability to transfer learning, Proceedings of the 16th Annual General Assembly of the International Association of Maritime universities, 7-10 October, Opatija, Croatia, pp. 93-98. ISBN 978-953-165-116-5 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Past research shows that seafarer employers are critical of some of the assessment methods adopted by the educators at maritime education and training institutes (METs) to assess the competence of seafarers. The criticisms included the failure to develop and assess the holistic skills required to deploy competence in a range of contexts. Moreover, the decontextualized scenarios used in assessment methods disengage students from the learning process as they fail to recognize the significance of learning to the real-world. This paper argues that seafarer students can be engaged through authentic assessments conducted in real-world contexts that will test their ability to put theoretical knowledge developed in classrooms to practical settings resembling workplace scenarios. The arguments are based on the theories of constructivism and self-efficacy that underpin the concept of authentic assessment. The theories are used to explain greater student engagement through involvement in the process of knowledge construction that also develops metacognitive skills for the transfer of learning to different contexts. The theoretical arguments are supported with empirical evidence from past research to provide a robust justification for the use of authentic assessment in seafarer training to obtain similar outcomes.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:seafarer, authentic assessment, student engagement, learning transfer
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Marine engineering
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Management, resources and leadership
UTAS Author:Ghosh, S (Dr Samrat Ghosh)
UTAS Author:Bowles, M (Dr Marcus Bowles)
UTAS Author:Ranmuthugala, D (Professor Dev Ranmuthugala)
UTAS Author:Brooks, B (Associate Professor Benjamin Brooks)
ID Code:103508
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Deposited On:2015-10-14
Last Modified:2018-04-05
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