Embarking on collaborative action research, a Training of Trainers’ Course is being developed at the Malaysian
Maritime Academy. Although the framework for the course is based on the IMO Model Course 6.09 (Training
Course for Instructors – 2001), some changes are being made to update the content. Changes would reflect the
present‐day teaching and learning practices in the MET institutes, which have undergone substantial overhaul
during the last decade. The paper describes the process of this collaborative semester‐long work undertaken
by a group of academic staff at the academy. The work is based on the cyclic Kemmis model of action research
and constitutes weekly classroom activities, where some of the participants also take turn to act as facilitators.
The course framework is thus reviewed through a community‐based reflective practice in a process of
democratic enquiry. The objective of the project is to develop the course specification and the methodology of
the course delivery. There are suggestions for inclusion of theories of learning, ICT in teacher education and
replacement of instructionist approaches with opprtunities for constructionist practices in teaching and
learning. The emerging proposed skeletal framework will be included in the paper.