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Cultural capability in technology

Teacher working with two students.
What is cultural capability?

Cultural capability is about understanding, valuing, and amplifying different world views, perspectives, experiences, and measures of success.

The New Zealand Curriculum is underpinned by our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. This requires action based on understanding that the education system has underperformed for Māori learners and their whānau over an extended period. Cultural capability is critical.

A focus on cultural capability requires teachers and kaiako to recognise diversity of identities – including culture, gender, sexuality, and ability – and to take action to amplify the views of those and their communities who have been marginalised.

Culturally capable teachers and kaiako locate marginalised knowledge and connect with and legitimise this knowledge in the curriculum.

Culturally capable teachers and kaiako are aware of practices that perpetuate discrimination, racism, and inequity. They can analyse and adjust practices to communicate and teach in ways that develop critical consciousness and sustain and value cultural identity.

From: Regionally-allocated professional learning and development priorities.

Students making cardboard models of the shade house
Technology and cultural capability

Technology education is about intervention by design. Learning and designing outcomes in authentic contexts provides many rich opportunities for students to develop their own unique set of capabilities.

The five technological areas provide new and different environments for contextualised learning. For example, if a context for learning is located in a Māori world view, students will learn technology from that perspective.

Technological practice requires students to use their design processes and to critically analyse existing outcomes so that they can create innovative solutions. This process requires students to be empathetic to the needs of the end-user, and to take on perspectives that are different to their own. The outcomes students design and develop need to be fit for purpose and meet end-user needs. Students can develop culturally inclusive and diverse capabilities as they develop empathy and perspective-taking.

Te reo Māori technology terms

Paekupu.co.nz This website provides words for Te Mātauranga o Aotearoa. You can put in English or Māori terms related to the curriculum and it will give the appropriate te reo Māori or English term. 

A wordlist for hangarau/technology is also available on the site: Hangarau English to te reo Māori word list.

Steve Thornton from Trident High School worked with Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori to translate common technology terms into te reo Māori.

Use these PDFs below for different contexts for technology with the appropriate words.

Māori Glossary - Food Technology (PDF, 50 KB)

Māori Glossary - Textiles (PDF, 49 KB)

Māori Glossary - Tools (PDF, 52 KB)

Māori Glossary - Tools (2) (PDF, 68 KB)

Technology in the School Journal and Connected

Find these articles on technology with discussions starters and other resources:

Teaching and learning examples in the classroom

Explore these examples of teaching snapshots and student showcases.

Years 1–6
Years 7–10
Years 12–13

Technology in the news examples of design and technology

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