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ERIC Number: EJ1021846
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
Students' Perception of Risk about Nanotechnology after an SAQ Teaching Strategy
Simonneaux, Laurence; Panissal, Nathalie; Brossais, Emmanuelle
International Journal of Science Education, v35 n14 p2376-2406 2013
We experimented with teaching nanotechnology in high school within the perspective of citizenship education in science by involving experts in nanotechnology, education, ethics and philosophy. After training, the students debated a Socially Acute Question (SAQ) that they elaborated during the various phases of instruction. The field of SAQs represents a French orientation for the teaching of SocioScientific Issues. We analyzed the interactions of students in the debate to determine their risk perception on nanotechnology. We compared and put their arguments into perspective using various analytical frameworks. We observed two contrasting argumentative tendencies: one reflecting a positivist view that involved an individualistic use of nanotechnology and science and one carrying a critical and humanistic vision of the use of nanotechnology and science.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France
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