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01-06-2015 | Forum | Issue 2/2015

Cultural Studies of Science Education 2/2015

What students and researchers in nanoscience and nanotechnology should know about PUS and STS: a look at Fages and Albe’s viewpoint on social issues in nanoscience and nanotechnology Master’s degrees

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Cultural Studies of Science Education > Issue 2/2015
Author:
Chantal Pouliot
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This review essay addresses issues raised in Fages and Albe’s article, Social issues in nanoscience and nanotechnology master’s degrees: the socio-political stakes of curricular choices.
Lead Editor: L. Carter

Abstract

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 science. First, it would allow them to become acquainted with less naive conceptualizations of the capacities of citizens. Second, it would help them to consider the nature and role of scientific expertise from richer, more nuanced and less stereotypical conceptual angles. Third and lastly, it would allow future researchers and engineers to become familiar with different models of interaction between citizens, scientists and decision.

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