Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 1341–1355

Socio-ethical Education in Nanotechnology Engineering Programmes: A Case Study in Malaysia


    • Faculty of Arts, Computer and Creative IndustryUniversiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
  • Pek Hoon Er
    • Centre for Learning and TeachingUniversiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • Punita Visvanathan
    • Centre for Learning and TeachingUniversiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
Review Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11948-012-9418-z

Cite this article as:
Balakrishnan, B., Er, P.H. & Visvanathan, P. Sci Eng Ethics (2013) 19: 1341. doi:10.1007/s11948-012-9418-z


The unique properties of nanotechnology have made nanotechnology education and its related subjects increasingly important not only for students but for mankind at large. This particular technology brings educators to work together to prepare and produce competent engineers and scientists for this field. One of the key challenges in nanotechnology engineering is to produce graduate students who are not only competent in technical knowledge but possess the necessary attitude and awareness toward the social and ethical issues related to nanotechnology. In this paper, a research model has been developed to assess Malaysian nanotechnology engineering students’ attitudes and whether their perspectives have attained the necesary objectives of ethical education throughout their programme of study. The findings from this investigation show that socio ethical education has a strong influence on the students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes pertaining to socio ethical issues related to nanotechnology.


Socio ethical educationNanotechnology engineeringStudents’ attitudesEngineering ethics

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