The Journal of Japan Institute of Navigation
Online ISSN : 2187-3275
Print ISSN : 0388-7405
ISSN-L : 0388-7405
On the Development and Utilization of Training Materials to Improve Skills for Identifying sight reduction
Kohei MAEHATAHiroki IWASAKITakashi KUBOTA
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2022 Volume 146 Pages 23-29

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As Global Positioning Systems (GPS) have come into widespread use, questions have been raised as to whether traditional geographic and astronomical navigation techniques have a place in today’s world.

In this context, written examinations to obtain the license (seamen's competency certificate) required for seafarers invariably include questions on astronomical calculations necessary for navigation. Students who study navigation at seafarer training institutions are strongly motivated to obtain this license. However, in-class time by itself is not enough for students to master such astronomical calculations, so they also put effort into independent study outside of class hours. In addition, in order to efficiently improve their problem-solving ability, the students need a lot of practice and the capacity for quick corrections. As it now stands, this learning environment is inadequate, and the instructors in charge of the classes are struggling.

Therefore, in this study, teaching materials were developed that allow students to create a large number of practice problems and answers all at once for astronomical calculations. The present study reports on the results of an analysis on the effects that these materials had on the proficiency of current students.

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