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Gardner, Grant E.; Jones, M. Gail; Albe, Virginie; Blonder, Ron; Laherto, Antti; Macher, Daniel; Paechter, Manuela – Research in Science Education, 2017
Recent efforts in the science education community have highlighted the need to integrate research and theory from science communication research into more general science education scholarship. These synthesized research perspectives are relatively novel but serve an important need to better understand the impacts that the advent of rapidly…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Postsecondary Education, STEM Education
Holley, Steven E. – Journal of Technology Studies, 2009
Scientists are creating new and amazing materials by manipulating molecules at the ultra-small scale of 0.1 to 100 nanometers. Nanosize super particles demonstrate powerful and unprecedented electrical, chemical, and mechanical properties. This study examines how nanotechnology, as the multidisciplinary engineering of novel nanomaterials into…
Descriptors: Technology, Molecular Structure, Scientists, Social Change
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Roman, Harry T. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2012
Nanotechnology is now making it possible to create radically new tiny machines and sensors on par with the size of dust motes. This technology is rapidly progressing and will make profound impacts on the nation's global competitiveness. It promises to be a most pervasive technological advance, comparable to what computers did for an individual's…
Descriptors: Molecular Structure, Persuasive Discourse, Technology, Technological Advancement
Shields, C. J.; Rogers, George E. – Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, 2005
This paper offers some concrete ideas and suggestions for incorporating discussions of experimental technologies in the middle level technology education classroom. Technology education students should be aware of experimental technologies. They should understand the ramifications of items such as hybrid vehicles, photovoltaic solar panels,…
Descriptors: Technology Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Logical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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Pouliot, Chantal – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2015
In this paper, in order to pursue the conversation begun by Fages and Albe ("Cult Stud Sci Educ" 2014), I highlight three conceptual contributions that could be made by familiarizing nanoscience and nanotechnology researchers and engineers with the work being carried out in science and technology studies and public understanding of…
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Molecular Structure, Technology
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Pense, Christine M.; Cutcliffe, Stephen H. – Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 2007
Nanotechnology promises to amend an understanding of elemental properties, alter the basic techniques of manufacturing, and improve disease diagnosis. There is a disconnect among the positive predictions of scientists and researchers, the fears of public interest groups, and the developers of products. A new framework for evaluating the social…
Descriptors: Public Opinion, Technology, Science and Society, Case Studies
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Loui, Michael C. – Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 2009
In a small course on technology and society, students participated in an extended role-play simulation for two weeks. Each student played a different adult character in a fictional community, which faces technological decisions in three scenarios set in the near future. The three scenarios involved stem cell research, nanotechnology, and privacy.…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Role Playing, Simulation, Science and Society
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Fisher, Erik; Mahajan, Roop L.; Mitcham, Carl – Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, 2006
Public "upstream engagement" and other approaches to the social control of technology are currently receiving international attention in policy discourses around emerging technologies such as nanotechnology. To the extent that such approaches hold implications for research and development (R&D) activities, the distinct participation of scientists…
Descriptors: Social Control, Research and Development, Scientists, Engineering
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Pilarski, Linda M.; Mehta, Michael D.; Caulfield, Timothy; Kaler, Karan V. I. S.; Backhouse, Christopher J. – Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 2004
At present there is an enormous discrepancy between our nanotechnological capabilities (particularly our nanobiotechnologies), our social wisdom, and consensus on how to apply them. To date, cost considerations have greatly constrained our application of nanotechnologies. However, novel advances in microsystem platform technologies are about to…
Descriptors: Molecular Biology, Science and Society, Science Education, Biomedicine