The Course in Home Economics provides learning experiences for the development of the four aspects of technological capability. For example, candidates develop: technological perspective by showing appreciation of the factors which contribute to the success of a well designed product; technological confidence by questioning the designs and products of others, and by becoming proficient in applying knowledge and skills to solve problems; technological sensitivity by demonstrating appreciation that technological developments have consequences for others and the world in general; technological creativity by solving problems which require the use of a range of resources in the development of feasible and imaginative approaches to the creation of products, systems or environments.
Specialist craft skills and management skills are fundamental to Lifestyle and Consumer Technology. The craft skills are the practical and creative specialist skills which can be developed in relation to the particular needs of an individual, family or community group. These skills can be used to enhance or benefit health, clothing, the home or leisure, and their use may provide stimulus for the development of babies and young children. The skills can also be used to illustrate understanding for situations relating to a variety of consumer lifestyles and consumer needs.
Management skills are those required for the effective use of time and resources in the production of products, environments and systems. Importantly, these skills also include the ability to work effectively, independently and as a member or leader of a team. These skills enable candidates to participate effectively in technological activities.
An important part of Lifestyle and Consumer Technology is to develop standards in relation to a safe working environment. For example, candidates are encouraged to take responsibility for the health and safety of others. These standards are also applied in the service and caring sectors, and are, therefore, transferable.
Through the study of Lifestyle and Consumer Technology candidates will have the opportunity to: acquire knowledge and experiences which will influence the quality of their lives; further develop and use specialist craft skills and management skills; develop skills of enquiry, analysis and evaluation and use these to make reasoned decisions; develop a capacity to solve problems using a range of technological and other resources. The Course contributes to personal development as it facilitates the opportunity to experience a range of study skills, and encourages a structured approach to independent learning, culminating in a technological project. This form of learning not only develops skills necessary for living today, but also prepares candidates for further study and employment opportunities.