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Reviewing seafarer assessment methods to determine the need for authentic assessment


Ghosh, S and Bowles, M and Ranmuthugala, D and Brooks, B, Reviewing seafarer assessment methods to determine the need for authentic assessment, Australian Journal of Maritime & Ocean Affairs, 6, (1) pp. 49-63. ISSN 1836-6503 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Australian Association for Maritime Affairs

DOI: doi:10.1080/18366503.2014.888133


The Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Convention set global, minimum standards of competence for seafarers. Maritime Education and Training institutes (METs) are responsible for ensuring assessment processes not only assure attainment of STCW outcomes but also produce competent graduates that meet the expectations of core stakeholders such as regulators and employers. A review of literature in this area, however, suggests that some current assessment methods employed by METs are largely failing on both accounts. This paper argues that STCW falls short in its ability to provide appropriate standards and looks at the need for authentic assessment in seafarer training. A brief review of authentic assessment presented herein highlights characteristics that may improve the shortcomings of current assessment methods and STCW. The paper proposes authentic assessment as a way to elevate the collection of evidence of a seafarerís competence using methods that promote student engagement and transfer of competence in different contextual scenarios.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Seafarer, Assessment, Competence, STCW, Employers, Regulators, METs, Authentic Assessment
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Education systems not elsewhere classified
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:91067
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Deposited On:2014-05-06
Last Modified:2017-11-20

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