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On a lookout beyond STCW: Seeking standards and context for the authentic assessment of seafarers


Ghosh, S and Bowles, M and Ranmuthugala, D and Brooks, B, On a lookout beyond STCW: Seeking standards and context for the authentic assessment of seafarers, IAMU AGA 15 Looking Ahead Innovation in Maritime Education, Training and Research, 27 - 30 October, Australian Maritime College, Launceston, Tasmania, pp. 77 - 86. ISBN 978-0-9806391-4-8 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Convention (STCW) amendments in 1995 intended to improve the knowledge-based training mandate established in STCW’78 by making it outcome-based. This required seafarer students undertake competence assessment (or outcome of training received) to demonstrate their capacity to perform tasks listed in the STCW Code. This necessitates that students direct their learning efforts to the attainment of clearly stated expectations that, typically, are represented by learning outcomes based on the STCW competencies. Maritime Education and Training (MET) providers working under the directives of the National Maritime Regulators interpret the STCW requirements to develop the seafarer training curriculum and the resulting learning outcomes, to assure that students attain the minimum standards of competence established by the STCW. This paper will review and argue that different ideas as to ‘outcomes’ has been confusing the interpretation of STCW and, therefore, how seafarer students are being assessed. Critically, a review of specific excerpts from the STCW Code will be used to show that the Code largely fails to provide a ‘standard’ that can assure assessment of seafarers to one of the most critical outcomes: the performance expected at a level of work in the industry. A short review of the inherent characteristics of authentic assessment is provided in justification of its use as an alternate and optimal solution to improve current assessment practices and respond to stakeholder needs. The paper will point to an evidence-based way forward where future research will empirically investigate how authentic assessment can improve the STCW and the resulting training outcomes

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:STCW, Outcomes, Criteria, Standards, Context, Authentic Assessment
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:96263
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Deposited On:2014-10-28
Last Modified:2018-04-05
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