June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
11.608.1 - 11.608.14
Examining the Impact of Nanotechnologies for Science, Technology and Society (STS) Students
This paper presents an overview of new and emerging nanotechnologies and their societal and ethical implications to address 21st Century challenges and issues. The discussion includes a range of different types of nanotechnologies and their effects and potential effects on markets, cultures, resources, and ethics on local and global levels. The paper highlights the approaches of a Science, Technology and Society (STS) course which is taught in a baccalaureate program at DeVry University entitled Technology, Society and Culture.
The focus of the paper is to examine major types of nanotechnologies and how they develop ramifications in other arenas such as economics, values and ethical decisions. It is vital that our students understand the importance of the effects of these powerful new technologies and provide ethical strategies for using the many new dimensions and capabilities that such new technologies reveal. The paper also presents the results of a survey that was conducted to determine the student perceptions about the impact of nanatechnology on society.
In spite of the invisible or sub-microscopic nature of nanotechnology products, their power and impact will be ubiquitous and must be addressed for sustainability, economic and cultural equity, and green and ethical engineering. Applying the foundations of ethics to new technological challenges brings to engineering reality the importance and relevance of the inclusion of such sustainability and ethical principles.
The STS course at DeVry is a required capstone course to all of our students in all of our curricula with special emphasis in all fields on the appropriate design and implications of technologies so that responsible technological insight is achieved. Using nanotechnology as an urgent example for responsible decision making, a number of teaching and learning tools are used including: cultural field studies, case studies, modeling, and flow charts. Such approaches promote not only concept and practical awareness but also lead to constructivist understanding of macro and micro problems of present and future technologies and issues.
Khan, A., & Eichler, B., & Morello, J. (2006, June), Examining The Impact Of Nanotechnologies For Science, Technology And Society (Sts) Students Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/961
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