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Practice Versus Theory and The Value of Technology Education

Practice Versus Theory and The Value of Technology Education

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  • Tue 17 Mar ’15, 6:00pm – 7:00pm


Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Gate 2B, Knighton Rd, University of Waikato, Hamilton


All Ages

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Practice versus theory and the value of Technology Education

2015 Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series: Professor John Williams, Faculty of Education

Are the chairs you want to buy designed well? Do you have an opinion on government surveillance of personal data? What do you think about windfarm development? According to Professor John Williams, creating technologically savvy members of society is an area educators need to be concerned about.

Technology Education is a core element of the New Zealand Curriculum. However, it is an expensive subject, capital intensive, difficult to assess and is sometimes misunderstood or side-lined by subjects which are perceived as more ‘academic’ – for example English and maths.

At his upcoming Inaugural Professorial Lecture, Professor Williams will argue theoretical and practical skills are not mutually exclusive and that technology needs to be recognised as a broad subject, which encompasses a lot more than just woodwork or digital technology.

This free public lecture will be held on Tuesday 17 March at 6pm at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts at the University of Waikato. The Opus Bar is open from 5pm.

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