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Technological knowledge

In the technological knowledge strand, the emphasis is on knowing what. Students come to understand key concepts that underpin all technological development and the resulting technological outcomes.

By exploring functional modelling, students learn to compare simulated representations of reality to the reality itself and come to appreciate the power and limitations of functional modelling. By exploring prototyping, students come to understand its importance and how they can use it to advantage in their own technological practice. By gaining knowledge of materials used in technological products and of components and connections used in systems, students can bring greater understanding to their own technological practice and decision making.

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Components within the technological knowledge strand

Technological modelling

Technological products

Technological systems

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

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