Title : Teaching and Learning Chemistry in Context with Nanotechnology Applications
Nanoscience and nanotechnology (NST) are at the forefront of modern science in the 21st century. Nanotechnology applications are penetrating all aspects of society, affecting humans’ everyday life and needs, in addition to their great contribution to the prosperity of the world-wide economy. Therefore, future teachers, students, and undergraduates need to achieve certain knowledge in nanoscience in order to navigate the science-based issues related to their everyday lives and societal aspects and to intelligently question and understand the ethical and societal implications of these revolutionary technologies. Teaching in “context” is characterized by the use of social, technical or scientific contexts as a starting point for developing an understanding of chemistry and creation chemistry more relevant to students' daily lives. Nanoscience and it’s applications are good candidates for teaching in the “context” of science education because they have clear connections to students' daily lives, have industrial aspects and all represent a rich environment involving research, society, and industry. The present study focuses on developing nanotechnology education program that connect between basic concepts in science with aspects in nanoscience and its applications.