“Technology and Design” – A new start for school craft lessons

The Federal Chamber of Labor, the Federation of Industry and Commerce together with partners present a new practical handbook for school lessons

Vienna (OTS) “Our world is increasingly being shaped by technology. It brings us innovative products, prosperity and opens up the opportunity to solve the global challenges facing humanity. But the public discourse is far too rarely about school crafts. It cannot be like that, because this school subject is the basis for technical education in Austria and thus also for research, technology and innovation ‘Made in Austria’,” said Georg. crack, the chairman of the Federation of Austrian Industries (IV) at the opening of the joint event with the Chamber of Labor (AK) and the Austrian Economic Chamber (WKÖ) in the House of Industry, where the new practical handbook “Technology. Design. Works” were presented to school lessons.

The craft classes give children and young people the first – and often the only – opportunity to deal with the subjects of technology, design, creativity and handicrafts at school. Although these areas are key areas for a successful future, the potential of the profession is not yet fully exploited. With the new curriculum generation, school subjects such as “Technology and Design” now have the chance for a new start.

“Young women and men need a similar level of general technical education. It is an important building block in gender-fair career orientation. The Chamber of Labor was very committed to merging the two subjects textile and technical work. With the new curriculum and the new specialist title “Technology and Design” is a new start possible away from outdated role models,” emphasized Regina Assygaldeputy chairman of the Chamber of Labor (AK) Vienna.

“Even in a digitally shaped world, manual skills and technical skills remain the foundation of many of our professions. Craft classes are the most important opportunity for children and young people to test their talents and creativity. With modern, practical and ‘cool’ education, we can fully exploit this potential and provide ideal support for choosing the right educational path,” says Carmen Goby, Vice President of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Economics (WKÖ).

AK, IV and WKÖ actively support the start of the new school subject “Technology and Design” and together with the Styrian University of Education, Technical Education Promotion Association, AWS/Working Group on Business and School and experienced teachers have developed a practical manual for a forward-looking, school lessons developed.

Marion Starzacher, professor at the Styrian University of Education, presented the practical handbook at the event. “It is time to show the breadth of the subject ‘Technology and Design’ and point out which facets this subject offers within the various areas of application that have a strong connection to everyday life. The teaching examples in the practical handbook are about tinkering, experimenting, researching, developing, designing and using technology, the associated technologies, materials and creativity. This gives students the opportunity to try new things and learn about related jobs,” explained Starzacher.

Doris wagons, head of the section for general education and vocational training in the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research emphasized the importance of the school subject. “Technology and design play an important role as a new compulsory subject both in the new elementary school curriculum and in the new middle school and AHS lower school curriculum. This new compulsory subject offers a diverse connection with the MINT subjects and also promotes students’ manual, technical and artistic-creative skills,” said. “The new practical handbook technology. Design. The work makes an excellent contribution to support the teaching work of educators with many practical examples and suggestions in this area and to enrich teaching at secondary level I. Many thanks to the initiators of this project,” says Wagner.

During the subsequent panel discussion with Elisabeth Engelbrechtsmüller-Strauß (FRONIUS International), Roberta Erkinger (BG/BRG Biondekgasse Baden), Helmut Berrer (economica), Helmut Dornmayr (Institute for Educational Research in Economics) and Josef Seiter (Förderverein Technische Bildung) as moderator Karin Bauer (Der Standard) discussed the importance of technical education for society and the economy and highlighted the potential of “technology and design” from different perspectives. After the official part of the event, the authors presented personally selected teaching examples from the practical handbook to the 250 guests.

For the technology handbook. Design. works

The practical handbook is structured according to the five additional areas of application in the new study program “Technology and Design” for secondary level I and is supplemented by a sixth area (inspiration) with topics such as creativity, subject didactics, transition to the basic and basic level. .

The practical handbook currently contains 17 detailed and proven lesson preparations and inspiration for inspiring lessons in “Technology and Design”. In addition, the teaching examples are accompanied by 10 contributions from testimonials that reflect the high relevance of “technology and design” in the professional and working world during school hours. The practical handbook’s target group is pedagogues at youth level I in all types of schools.

Both the current leaflet and the already planned extensions can be ordered by interested educators against reimbursement of shipping costs or available as an electronic brochure.

Download and ordering options can be found on the project partners’ websites or at www.technischebildung.at

Questions and contact:

industry association
Marlena Mayer
+43 (1) 711 35 2315

Chamber of Labor Vienna
Peter Mitterhuber
(+43-1) 501 65-12347

Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKÖ)
DMC – Data & Media Center
press office
T 0590 900 – 4462
E DMC_PR@wko.at

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