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Nature of technology

In the nature of technology strand, the emphasis is on knowing why. Students come to understand technology as an intervening force in the world and learn that technological developments are inevitably influenced by (and influence) historical, social, and cultural events.

Students have opportunities to engage in informed debate about contentious issues and increase their understanding of the complex moral and ethical aspects that surround technology and technological developments. They also have opportunities to examine the fitness for purpose of earlier technological outcomes and make informed predictions about future technological directions at a societal and personal level.

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Components within the nature of technology strand

Characteristics of technology

Characteristics of technological outcomes

Acknowledgment: The two papers in this series are derived from earlier versions by Dr Vicki Compton and Cliff Harwood.

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