The training of educator on "measurement and assessment" within the scope of STCW

Banu Tansel Ozen, Melek Ertogan

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Being an unseperable part of educational process, measurement and assessment is useful for determining whether the education goals are met. Basically, assessment aims at enhancing educative processes and improving student quality. A liable, appropriate, supportive kind of measurement and assessment is not only substantial for leaming, but also important for progress of performance, efficiency of the process, and statistical analysis as well. Some professions, which are acquired through certain trainings, have to go through some measurement and assessment processes, for the responsibility they hold within their constitution. Namely, Maritime Education is one of them. What are the necessary criteria and methodology for carrying out a 'measurement and assessment' analysis in a top-level maritime education institution? Hence, are these familiar to the educators? Considering a measurement tool, practicabllity is an equally important quality as reliability and validity. A measurement tool or method being practical means that it has characteristics like ease of, objective and economic in improvability, reproducability, applicability and scoring. While carrying out the evaluation, the content of the assessment ( what to measure?), the method for data acquisition ( who should use which assessment tools?), technical requierements of assessment (is the assessment valid and reliable?) and where and how the assessment results are assessed should be worked out.Intemational Maritime Organization's (IMO) STCW convention compels that adequacy of education must be assessed and continuously monitored. In 1995, the convention was revised so as to make clear the efficiency of standards, to determine efficiency needs of instructors and evaluators and to perform effective practice. The whole point in doing so is to determine a common level, while putting the stress on education. Educators should go under a training program of which standards were set in accordance with the criteria and methodologies of the subjected institution's policy. The aim of this article is first to designate a model of "measurement and assessment training" for a maritime education faculty staff, within the scope stated above, and then to determine its efficacy. Accidents, which took place in the engine room, caused by lack of education, were assigned as the random sample within a certain period of time, and educators were trained in a way that they could assess the issue through Cluster Statistics Analysis. The reason for assigning accidents that were caused by lack of education as the random sample and collecting and assessing related records is to let the instructor base his/her criteria and measures, with which he/she evaluates the students on concrete data. By using this measurement and assessment method, the educator builds up a Stratified Calculation Schedule so as to let the educator defme both the levels of efficiency which the student is supposed to acquire and and to let him gradate the measures in between. Through designing an examplar education model, the gain is to set a healthy ground where a self-evaluation method for evaluating the institutions and educators will be build up on.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event10th Annual General Assembly and Conference of the International Association of Maritime Universities, AGA-IAMU 2009 - St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 19 Sept 200921 Sept 2009


Conference10th Annual General Assembly and Conference of the International Association of Maritime Universities, AGA-IAMU 2009
Country/TerritoryRussian Federation
CitySt. Petersburg

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