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Technology education: What has changed?

Technology in The New Zealand Curriculum has been restructured around three new strands:

  • Technological practice
  • Technological knowledge
  • Nature of technology

Each strand contributes to the “whole” of technological literacy.

The main areas of change

A focus on technological literacy

Students gain comprehensive technological literacy through developing their technological knowledge and their understanding of the nature of technology, alongside and within their technological practice.

Learn more: Technology Online: Technological literacy

The revised strands

Technological practice

Students undertake their own technological practice within a particular setting and reflect on the technological practice of others.

Technological knowledge

Students learn how technological modelling supports decision making and how materials and systems enable technologies to function.

Nature of technology

Students learn why technologies are developed in the way they are, and how technologies affect their – and others’ – views, attitudes, and lives.

Acknowledgement of specialist knowledge and skills

Learning in technology involves developing technological knowledge and capability. As students move from curriculum levels 6 to 8, they are presented with opportunities to develop specialist technological knowledge and skills.

Specialist knowledge and skills are aligned to contexts recognised as important to technology in New Zealand. These contexts include:

  • resistant materials
  • textiles
  • food
  • bio- and chemical technologies
  • manufacturing
  • design and visual communication
  • digital media, digital infrastructure, programming, and computer science
  • electronics
  • digital information.

Last updated August 10, 2015