edu4mtt methods of teaching technology




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students focus on the structure and content of technology curriculum, including Design and Technology Systems, Engineering and Food Technology. Students also consider the place and role of Technology in the structure of VELS, VCE and VCAL. Studies in this subject develop proficiency in a range of approaches associated with the design process and relevant to the Design & Technology Curriculum. Students develop an understanding of the nature of the links between teaching and learning which are practical and theoretical, between the Technology curriculum and their personal trade/industrial knowledge and experience.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMichael Brown

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions One year of study in Technology Studies which includes studies in a range of materials and systems. Teachers who wish to specialise in a particular material or system must hold one of the following in the specialist area: (a) Sub-major study or (b) Industry or VET qualifications equivalent to Certificate IV or higher or (c) Certificate of Proficiency in a relevant trade area

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsDesign & technology for the next generation: a collection of provocative pieces, written by experts in their field, to stimulate reflection and curriculum innovation,RecommendedBarlex, D. (2007)CLIFFECO COMMUNICATIONS
ReadingsEffective teaching strategies: lessons from research and practice,RecommendedKillen, R. (2009)5TH EDN, CENGAGE LEARNING
ReadingsNelson Product Design and Technology: VCE Units 1 - 4,RecommendedLivett, J. and O'Leary, J. (2012)3RD EDN, NELSON
ReadingsSwitched on: technology stage 4,RecommendedCollins, S., Cornius-Randall, R., Annetts, P., et al (2006)WILEY

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Articulate a rationale of the aims, purposes and rationale for Technology Studies

Review and compare and contrast the existing national and state curriculum documents related to Technology studies

02. Make links between the intentions expressed in the Australian Curriculum: Technologies documentation and planning within school based programs

Analyse school-based Technology programs as case studies and identify the inter connections and relationship to the intentions expressed in curriculum documents

03. Apply theories of activity based learning and experiential learning in specialised learning contexts

Design and utilse a wide range of teaching strategies; explore a wide range of learning theories, analyse and select appropriate teaching strategies that align with intended learning

04. Analyse and critique concepts associated with Technology Studies practice

Analyse and discuss case studies of teaching Technology studies

05. Develop plans for innovative and engaging teaching units

Create effective and productive lesson plans and units of student work

06. Justify educational design decisions around school based teaching programs

Discussion and explanation of educational decision making within the design of lessons, units and programs.

07. Design and develop student resources and scaffolding documents for teaching programs

Developmwent of teaching and student resources

08. Demonstrate the use of a range of teaching, learning and assessment strategies

Implementation of peer and practice teaching

09. Identify and teach key and core concepts and skills related to technology Studies

Examine and review curriculum documents and teaching programs

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Week 11-20, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMichael Brown

Class requirements

WorkShopWeek: 11 - 20
Four 7.0 hours workshop other recurrence on any day including weekend during the day from week 11 to week 20 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Development of a six-week unit of work aligned to the AusVELS (2500-words equivalent)6001, 02, 03, 05, 07, 08
one 1500-word report explaining the design and development of the Unit of work4001, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09