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ERIC Number: EJ904866
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-2077-2327
An Analysis of the Educational Significance of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Scientific and Technological Literacy
Laherto, Antti
Science Education International, v21 n3 p160-175 Sep 2010
Due to the rapid development and growing societal role of nanoscience and nanotechnology (NST), these emerging fields are also growing in educational importance. The demands for incorporating NST-related issues into curricula are often expressed with reference to the goals of scientific and technological literacy. This paper reports on a theoretical part of a study that employs the Model of Educational Reconstruction to respond to the perceived need for education in NST. The educational significance of NST is scrutinised by analysing and synthesising two domains of literature: (i) recent conceptualisations of scientific and technological literacy, and (ii) studies on the nature and societal implications of nanoscale science and technology. Several social as well as epistemological aspects of NST are identified, which render these fields especially interesting and relevant to scientific and technological literacy. The article suggests that science education in general could use NST as a subject matter in order to evoke dialogue on important contemporary issues related to science, technology, and society, and to provide up-to-date views on the nature of science. (Contains 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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