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ERIC Number: EJ882738
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1360-1431
Yep--We Can Do that: Technological Response to the Curriculum "Needs" Arising...
Compton, Vicki
Design and Technology Education, v14 n1 p21-36 2009
New Zealand has recently released a new national curriculum presented as the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) (Ministry of Education, 2007). This document has significant implications for the future redevelopment of both the compulsory school curriculum and the non-compulsory senior secondary school curriculum. After a general introduction, this paper is divided into three main sections. In the first section, I explain the "givens" presented in the NZC, these being the overarching Principles, Values and Attitudes, and the Key Competencies. I also outline the concept of "Learning Areas"--as opposed to subjects. In the second section, I provide a brief overview of technology in New Zealand and present the key constructs of the revised technology learning area in the NZC. In the third section, I discuss and illustrate ways in which technology education can work to address the "givens" in innovative ways that support the development of student technological literacy and general citizenship. I conclude the paper with an acknowledgement of potential issues, and express my opinion that while technology is well placed to respond to "needs" arising, we should also be thinking about how much of this responsibility we should take on. (Contains 9 tables and 14 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand