Analyzing the perceptions of students who take the navigation course for the first time: The case of dokuz eylul university maritime faculty


Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation: STCW, Maritime Education and Training (MET), Human Resources and Crew Manning, Maritime Policy, Logistics and Economic Matters, pp.27-30 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • Page Numbers: pp.27-30
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The "Navigation" course, one of the basic courses taught at the Department of Marine Transportation Engineering, is of extremely great importance for oceangoing watchkeeping officer training. Effective, efficient and safe movements of ships are greatly dependent on the quality of this training. Likewise, the desired quality in such education and training is closely related with the attitudes of prospective mariners toward the technical concept of "Navigation" The purpose of this study is to scrutinize the perceptions of the students taking this course for the first time. The analysis involves the perceptions formed at the very beginning of the term as well as those transformed at the end of the term. In this direction, a questionnaire designed by Geiger and Ogilby (2000) was conducted twice (first at the beginning and then at the end of the semester) to 61 students in the Maritime Faculty of Dokuz Eylul University. The questionnaire sought responses to the following questions: 1. Are there any correlations between former (the initial) perceptions regarding the Navigation course in terms of students' hometown (origin) and the level of success? 2. Are there any correlations between the latter perceptions regarding the Navigation course in terms of students' hometown and level of success? 3. Have students' perceptions of Navigation course changed over the period? SPSS 20 packed program and t-tests were used for the analysis of questionnaire data collected through the questionnaire. Thus such a comparative analysis is thought to bring about a thorough assessment of the development believed to be paced. © 2013 Taylor & Francis Group.