WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 455–472 | Cite as

Improving the validity and reliability of authentic assessment in seafarer education and training: a conceptual and practical framework to enhance resulting assessment outcomes

  • Samrat Ghosh
  • Marcus Bowles
  • Dev Ranmuthugala
  • Ben Brooks
IAMU Section Article


Past literature on authentic assessment suggests that it provides a far more reliable and valid indicator of outcomes such as higher student engagement, ability to transfer skills to different contexts, multiple evidence of competence, and student performance. This has appeal in seafarer education and training where both students and employers increasingly perceive traditional assessment methods as failing to consistently generate these outcomes. However, this paper argues that improving different aspects of assessment validity and reliability is essentially required to enhance the outcomes identified above. The paper builds on and extends previous work to investigate and develop a conceptual and practical framework that promotes a holistic approach to authentic assessment that provides greater assurances of validity and reliability throughout all stages of assessment within seafarer programs. It also lays the path to future research directions by establishing the agenda to test the practicality of the framework in the authentic assessment of seafarer students and also investigate the impact of students’ perception of increasing authenticity on performance scores in assessment tasks.


Authentic assessment Validity Reliability Seafarer Education and training 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Centre of Ports and Shipping, Australian Maritime CollegeUniversity of TasmaniaHobartAustralia
  2. 2.Future of Professional Work and LearningDeakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia

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