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Contradictions in the practices of training for and assessment of competency: A case study from the maritime domain


Emad, GR and Roth, W, Contradictions in the practices of training for and assessment of competency: A case study from the maritime domain, Education + Training, 50, (3) pp. 260-272. ISSN 0040-0912 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2008 Emerald Group Publishing

DOI: doi:10.1108/00400910810874026


Purpose : The purpose of this paper is to highlight the contradictions in the current maritime education and training system (MET), which is based on competency‐based education, training and assessment, and to theorize the failure to make the training useful.

Design/methodology/approach : A case study of education and training in the international maritime domain was conducted. Data sources include historical documents, rules and regulations concerning MET, syllabi, handouts, sample questions, field notes, an ethnographic study in a maritime college and interviews conducted with experienced mariners and course lecturer.

Findings : There are contradictions in the education and training system that do not allow the targeted objectives to be fulfilled. Fundamentally, the assessment system has changed the objectives of the education and training practices from learning skills and knowledge required on‐board ships to passing competency examinations.

Practical implications : The practical implication of this research is valuable for the International Maritime Organization, marine administration and maritime training institutes to think over the competency‐based system in practice today and how to improve the present maritime training and assessment system in order to achieve its authentic objectives.

Originality/value : This research identified and bridged the gap in literature and research of competency‐based training and assessment in the maritime domain and provides practical solutions for improving this system.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Competence based training, Maritime Education and Training, Certification, Assessment
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Schools and learning environments not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Emad, GR (Dr Reza Emad)
ID Code:115426
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Deposited On:2017-03-23
Last Modified:2017-04-28

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