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

Gholamreza Emad (Faculty of Education, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada)
Wolff Michael Roth (Faculty of Education, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 25 April 2008

Abstract

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 Data sources include historical documents, rules and regulations concerning MET, syllabi, handouts, sample questions, field notes, an ethnographic study in a maritime college and interviews conducted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.

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Citation

Emad, G. and Roth, W.M. (2008), "Contradictions in the practices of training for and assessment of competency: A case study from the maritime domain", Education + Training, Vol. 50 No. 3, pp. 260-272. https://doi.org/10.1108/00400910810874026

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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