Md. Ershadul Karim
Malaysian tertiary level students and their understanding, knowledge and perception of nanotechnology.
Karim, Md. Ershadul; Akhter, Shafia; Munir, Abu Bakar; Muhammad-Sukki, Firdaus; Hoque, Kazi Enamul; Yasin, Siti Hajar Mohd; Abu-Bakar, Siti Sarah; Abu-Bakar, Siti Hawa; Bani, Nurul Aini; Wirba, Asan Vernyuy; Mas'ud, Abdullahi Abubakar
Abu Bakar Munir
Kazi Enamul Hoque
Siti Hajar Mohd Yasin
Siti Sarah Abu-Bakar
Siti Hawa Abu-Bakar
Nurul Aini Bani
Asan Vernyuy Wirba
Abdullahi Abubakar Mas'ud
Nanotechnology, being an emerging and enabling technology, can be utilised to exploit burgeoning opportunities in all aspects. Almost every kind of material with any feature can theoretically be developed using nanoscale technology and that is why countries around the world have been working relentlessly to exploit this. History suggests that unless the society and community welcome any newly introduced technology, that technology will have to embrace failure. Thus, the assessment of public perception towards emerging and enabling technologies like nanotechnologies is a routine activity in developed countries. Despite the fact such perception assessment activities were conducted in different countries, this has so far been not tested in Malaysia even though exploitation of nanotechnologies is a priority concern for the government. In this backdrop, this study aims to examine and assess the knowledge, understanding and perception of five public Malaysian university students towards nanotechnologies and their applications. Using a questionnaire survey, this study collected data from 530 respondents, of which 512 were analysed. Even though there are some general concerns as to the risk, safety and Halal application of the nanotechnology, a very good number of the students, irrespective of gender, nationality, religion, level of study, etc. are aware of the term 'nanotechnology' and could identify the benefits of nanotechnologies to them as direct consumers. Majority of the respondents are also aware of the presence of a number of nano-enhanced consumer products including cosmetic, automobile and computer accessories in the local market and more than 80% of the respondents favour the application and introduction of this technology in different sectors. Although the result of this study shows that the Malaysian tertiary level students, being the concerned segment of the society, are in favour of the usage and application of nanotechnology, adequate cautions should be taken by the policy makers to ensure the human health and environmental implications of engineered nanomaterials. Furthermore, attempts should be taken to make nanotechnology and its applications popular among the consumers by way of, inter alia, community outreach program, wide mass media coverage and introduction of specific academic course materials in different stages.
KARIM, M.E., AKHTER, S., MUNIR, A.B., MUHAMMAD-SUKKI, F., HOQUE, K.E., YASIN, S.H.M., ABU-BAKAR, S.S., ABU-BAKAR, S.H., BANI, N.A., WIRBA, A.V. and MAS'UD, A.A. 2017. Malaysian tertiary level students and their understanding, knowledge and perception of nanotechnology. Journal of advanced research in social and behavioural sciences [online], 6(1), pages 52-67. Available from: http://www.akademiabaru.com/doc/ARSBSV6_N1_P52_67.pdf
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Jan 18, 2017|
|Online Publication Date||Jan 27, 2017|
|Publication Date||Jan 31, 2017|
|Deposit Date||Nov 9, 2017|
|Publicly Available Date||Nov 9, 2017|
|Journal||Journal of advanced research in social and behavioural sciences|
|Publisher||Akademia Baru Publishing (M) Sdn Bhd|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||Nanotechnology and nanoscience; Enabling and emerging technology; Public perception; Policy and regulation; Risk and safety|
KARIM 2017 Malaysian tertiary level
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