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The New Zealand Curriculum specifies three strands for the learning area technology:
The three technology strands and eight components set the direction for learning in technology at curriculum levels 6, 7, and 8.
In addition, there are six specialist strands with 29 components.
Together, the curriculum strands and components and the specialist strands and components support students to develop technological literacy.
Achievement objectives are described for the eight components defined under the three technology curriculum strands. Achievement objectives describe what students should understand or be able to do at curriculum levels 6, 7, and 8.
Learning objectives are defined for the 29 specialist knowledge and skill components. Learning objectives describe what students should understand or be able to do, with respect to specialist knowledge and skills at curriculum levels 6, 7, and 8.
It is important that students and teachers recognise and make sense of the many connections within and across the technology achievement and learning objectives.
Indicators of progression have been developed for the technology achievement objectives.
Draft indicators of progression have been written for the technology learning objectives.
The indicators of progression describe the nature of expected student learning for the achievement and learning objectives.
The indicators of progression also provide teacher guidance and highlight the importance of the teacher’s role in supporting student learning.
The teacher guidance acknowledges how teaching approaches need to be adjusted to ensure that students take increasing responsibility for their learning. The following terms are used to denote a shift in responsibilities from teacher to student:
Indicators (descriptive indicators, as used in the other teaching and learning guides) are examples of specific behaviours and capabilities that a teacher might expect to observe in a student who is achieving at the appropriate level. Teachers may wish to add further examples of their own.
Last updated October 7, 2013