A future-focused conception of the New Zealand curriculum: culturally responsive approaches to technology education

  • Elizabeth ReinsfieldEmail author


New Zealand has had a technology curriculum since the mid 1990s. The curriculum has recently been revised, with a view to foster students’ digital fluency and ability to function in a technologically mediated world. The nature of schools is also changing in New Zealand. Advocated approaches encourage students’ engagement in creative and practical tasks, problem-solving and critical thinking, in relation to a range of global and local issues. This paper reports on qualitative research, to explore how two teachers fostered “future-focused” learning, within an innovative learning environment, at a junior secondary school level. Data were collected through observational and self-report methods. The findings suggest that future-focused approaches to an integrated curriculum are affected by teachers’ collaborative skills and knowledge of culturally responsive, digital, and learner-centred pedagogies.


Culturally responsive Future-focused Innovative learning environment Learner-centred Technology education 



Funding was provided by University of Waikato (Grant No. 106312).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand

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