Technological innovation influences all areas of life; from the daily lives of individuals to the work of business and government, to interactions on a global scale. It helps meet basic human needs and provides tools for improving people’s lives and exploring new frontiers. Technological Education will enable students to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
Technological Education focuses on developing students’ ability to work creatively and competently with technologies that are central to their lives. As students proceed through their elementary and secondary school education, they attain a level of technological literacy that enhances their ability to succeed. For students who do not choose to pursue careers in technology, technological education can still provide knowledge and skills that will enhance their daily lives, whether by enabling them to work on home renovations or car repairs or by allowing them to pursue technological hobbies.
Niagara Catholic's secondary school technological education curriculum is designed to build upon the foundation of knowledge and skills provided by the elementary science and technology curriculum.
The fundamental purpose of Niagara Catholic's technological education program is to provide students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enhance their ability to achieve success in school, the workplace, postsecondary education or training, and daily life.
Goals of the Technological Education Curriculum
The technological education curriculum will enable students to:
- Gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts underlying technological education;
- Achieve the level of technological competence they will need in order to succeed in their postsecondary education, training programs or in the workplace;
- Develop a creative and flexible approach to problem solving that will help students address challenges in various areas throughout their lives;
- Develop the skills, including critical thinking skills, and the knowledge of strategies required to do research, conduct inquiries, and communicate findings accurately, ethically, and effectively;
- Develop lifelong learning habits that will help them adapt to technological advances in the changing workplace and world;
- Make connections that will help them take advantage of potential postsecondary educational and work opportunities.
Niagara Catholic Education Centre
Consultant: Business-Technological Education/SHSM/OYAP
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