Review Paper

Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 1341-1355

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

  • Balamuralithara BalakrishnanAffiliated withFaculty of Arts, Computer and Creative Industry, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris Email author 
  • , Pek Hoon ErAffiliated withCentre for Learning and Teaching, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • , Punita VisvanathanAffiliated withCentre for Learning and Teaching, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman

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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 education Nanotechnology engineering Students’ attitudes Engineering ethics