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Training innovation in Taiwanese maritime education and training : concerns, expectancy and professionalism

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Hu, JSJ (2003) Training innovation in Taiwanese maritime education and training : concerns, expectancy and professionalism. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This thesis investigates the domain of educators' concerns on maritime education and
training innovation from various higher-education levels in maritime institutes. The
study focuses on Taiwan, the revolution in international standards of competency for
seafarers' Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) and its
relationship to seafaring learning standards, trai!).ing outcomes and educators'
professional standards. The main purpose of this study is a "Stages of Concern"
analysis of maritime educators to determine their attitudes and concerns when a new
innovation initiative has to be confronted. In addition, the study seeks to determine
whether the factors of professionalism and expectancy values can influence maritime
educators' stages of concern about the STCW innovation. The established theoretical
model takes their seven stages of concern as dependent variables while their
professionalism, expectancy and demographics are treated as independent variables.
It is tested with the aid of survey data from a Stages of Concern Questionnaire
administered to the population of maritime educators from three different levels of
Taiwanese academic institutes. The SPSS software package for determination of
educators' concerns, including descriptive, correlational and inferential statistics and
multivariate analysis of variance procedures, is used to perform the data analysis.
The results verify that an educator's concerns are an important component in the
STCW reform implementation process. More specially, the maritime educators in
Taiwan express high concerns at the self and impact stages and lower concerns at the
awareness and management stages. This indicates that their attentions are shifted to
organize and implement the reform efficiently and, in addition, use the relevance of
the reform to increase students' performances. However, their concerns appear to
reflect the strategies of the reform process rather than the outcomes and
achievements of the students. Further, the factors of professionalism and expectancy
values are undoubtedly related to educators' stages of concern in the reform. The
high expectancy value rating scales are at the impact stage, which reflect that these
educators are confident with their competencies to implement the reform and will
devote their reform-related attitudes and efforts to help the students achieve the
required criteria. The professionalism rating scales are also high at the impact stage,
which prove that the positively professional ethics, perceptions and performances of
the educators will yield a positive reform outcome. However, expectancy values and
professionalism are not statistically significant predictors of Stages of Concern. It
reveals that the impetus to the reform mostly derives from the external sources. The
satisfaction of the expectations received from the reform consequences is still not
mature.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Merchant mariners, Merchant marine, Nautical training-schools
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Thesis (Ph.D. - Maritime Management)--Australian Maritime College, Dept. of Maritime Business, 2003.

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Last Modified: 28 Mar 2017 23:32
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