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Introduction to Technology Applied Studies (TAS) units of work – Aboriginal perspectives

These three units of work were developed by practising TAS (Technology Applied Studies) teachers from both metropolitan and regional schools. In the ‘School and Aboriginal Community Context’ section of each unit is a brief description of the context for which it was written.

Consistent with the aim of the Technology (Mandatory) Years 7–8 Syllabus (p 8) the units provide opportunities for students to develop their ability to design, produce and evaluate quality solutions that respond to identified opportunities and needs. The units enable students to justify solutions and to responsibly, safely and creatively use and select materials, tools and techniques.

With their school contexts in mind, the writers asked questions such as:

  • Which major emphases of the Technology (Mandatory) Years 7–8 Syllabus will the unit address?
  • How can these emphases be transformed into manageable and engaging classroom strategies?
  • What knowledge and skills are the units designed to improve?
  • How can the units best integrate the principles of assessment for learning and assessment of learning?
  • How can the Aboriginal and Indigenous Cross-Curriculum Content of the syllabus be meaningfully incorporated?
  • How will local Aboriginal community members be involved and how will their knowledge be reflected in the content of the unit?


While the units have been developed in particular school and community contexts, the writers also incorporated sufficient flexibility to allow the units to be implemented and/or adapted by other schools.

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