Subject Overview:

Technology education is an essential component of the curriculum. In a world where encounters with a wide range of technologies are part of the daily life experience of all people at work or at leisure, students should be equipped to face these encounters with the confidence which comes from learning about, through and with a range of technologies.

It is equally important that they gain an appreciation and understanding of the complex interface between technology and society.

As citizens they should have the capacity to enter discussion on, and make personal judgements on, issues related to the impact of technology on their own lives, on society, and on the environment. Through technology education students grow in competence, grow in confidence, become more enterprising and are empowered in terms of their ability to control elements of the physical environment. These are important educational outcomes, which contribute significantly to the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum and illustrate why participation in technology education represents a valuable educational experience.

What sort of student?

Technology is a distinct form of creative activity where human beings interact with their environments, using appropriate materials and processes in response to needs, wants and opportunities. It integrates problem solving and practical skills in the production of useful artefacts and systems.

More specifically, the value of technology education comes from the use of the wide variety of abilities required to produce a drawing or make an artefact, leading to a sense of competence and a feeling of personal empowerment. The acquisition of manipulative skills is an important component of this sense of competence and can help to give students a feeling of control of their physical environment. In a rapidly changing global society, students need to appreciate that technological capability is necessary and relevant for all aspects of living and working. Many subjects can contribute to the development of a technological capability. However, the technology subjects, who incorporate the principles of design and realisation in a creative manner, are central to this development.

Technological capability includes

•the understanding of appropriate concepts and processes
•skills of design and realisation
•the ability to apply knowledge and skills by thinking and acting confidently, imaginatively, creatively and with sensitivity
•the ability to evaluate technological activities, artefacts and systems critically and constructively

Career links:

 Graphic Design, Graphic Communications and Printing Career Descriptions(
Also all engineering and technician careers; aircraft technician, architecture and architectural technician, army and air corps apprenticeship, cartographer, industrial designer, maintenance and service personnel, technical sales, structural design, printing, town planner, draughtsperson, industrial engineer.