Special Issue "Emerging Issues in Maritime Education and Training"

A special issue of Education Sciences (ISSN 2227-7102).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Charlott Sellberg
Guest Editor
Department of Applied Information Technology, University of Gothenburg, 417 56 Gothenburg, Sweden.
Interests: maritime education and training; digital technologies in higher education; pedagogical development of teachers; theories of cognition and learning
Prof. Dr. Salman Nazir
Guest Editor
Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences, Department of Maritime operations, University of South-Eastern Norway, Raveien 215, 3184 Borre, Norway
Interests: human factors, training methods, virtual reality training simulators, training syllabus, performance indices, performance assessment, performance management, spatial learning, virtual and augmented virtual reality, learning processes, complex socio-technical systems, situation awareness and distributed situation awareness, distributed situation awareness indices, human-autonomy teaming.
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Dr. Gesa Praetorius
Guest Editor
1. Kalmar Maritime Academy, Linnaeus University, 39182 Kalmar, Sweden
2. Department of Maritime Operations, University of South-Eastern Norway, 3199, Borre, Norway
Interests: maritime education and training; safety training; resilience engineering; cognitive systems engineering
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Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

In a constantly evolving society, the maritime industry faces similar challenges to those of other technologically advanced and safety-critical domains to prepare future seafarers for work in a global industry, characterized by rapidly advancing levels of digitalization, as well as an increasingly diverse workforce. Raised awareness on the need for sustainable shipping, reducing the negative impact on our marine and costal environments, is also leading to increased levels of ambition for the international shipping sector. This, in turn, poses challenges for maritime education and training (MET) to train and assess the future workforce towards high standards of professionalism, equipped with relevant technical competences, interpersonal skills related to communication, teamwork and leadership, as well as awareness of issues such as gender equality, cultural competencies, and labor rights. Rapidly advancing levels of automation also lead to increasing demands for MET to support career development and transition between shore- and shipborne work environments in the maritime industry. The aim of this Special Issue is to gather empirical research from MET, as well as new theoretical and methodological approaches and literature reviews that address emerging issues related to these technological, societal and environmental changes. Emerging issues include but are not limited to the following themes:

  • Implementation of new technologies, such as advanced simulators, virtual reality, augmented reality or eye-tracking technologies and the need for new pedagogical approaches that follows;
  • Development of 21-centrury literacies, for example, digital literacy, data literacy, and information literacy;
  • Pedagogical issues related to social sustainability, e.g., lifelong learning, personal growth, and social inclusion;
  • Pedagogical efforts to advance awareness on environmental sustainability in shipping, e.g., reduction of CO2 emissions, sewage and toxic disposal, transfer of invasive alien species, and noise and wave disturbances;
  • Emerging approaches to safety training, such as resilience training, cybersecurity training or antipiracy training;
  • Competence insurance, certification and inclusive learning opportunities for a globally distributed workforce.

Dr. Charlott Sellberg
Prof. Dr. Salman Nazir
Dr. Gesa Praetorius
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • maritime education and training (MET)
  • educational technologies
  • sustainability
  • literacy
  • safety training
  • teaching
  • learning
  • assessment

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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