Towards Technological Literacy
As a compulsory learning area technology education helps all students develop a technological literacy for general citizenship. This includes students coming to understand how technologies work, how technology impacts on people and vice versa, and how to undertake technological practice.
Initially, post compulsory education in technology helps students to extend this literacy to gain knowledge and skills that might prepare them for trade apprenticeships, service professions and for possible careers across a range of technology-related industries.
Technology is now an approved subject on the University canon of approved subjects for university entrance. Students can also enter for Scholarship in technology. Technology education in senior secondary provides for a more specialised technological literacy, where students gain knowledge and skills that prepare them for university courses and future professional careers in technology. These students may become future leaders of excellence through innovative technological practice.
from the document: Quick guide to the draft technology curriculum
This is an interesting way to look at the area and see the progression, I was surprised to see to see the comment that these students may become future leaders of excellence through innovative technological practice. Wouldn't this come earlier?