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Factors affecting the perceptions of Iranian agricultural researchers towards nanotechnology

Collection:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Contributor:
Hosseini, Seyed Mahmood (main author), Rezaei, Rohollah (author)
Format:
Online journal article
Publication Date:
2011
URL:
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0963662509348455
Published:
SAGE Journals
Location:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois
Subject Term:
extension, information needs, innovations, perceptions, scientific communication, technological advancement, nanotechnology, stakeholders, Iran (Islamic Republic of) (Southern Asia), information communication technology
Notes:
12 pages., via online journal., This descriptive survey research was undertaken to design appropriate programs for the creation of a positive perception of nanotechnology among their intended beneficiaries. In order to do that, the factors affecting positive perceptions were defined. A stratified random sample of 278 science board members was selected out of 984 researchers who were working in 22 National Agricultural Research Institutions (NARIs). Data were collected by using a mailed questionnaire. The descriptive results revealed that more than half of the respondents had “low” or “very low” familiarity with nanotechnology. Regression analysis indicated that the perceptions of Iranian NARI Science Board Members towards nanotechnology were explained by three variables: the level of their familiarity with emerging applications of nanotechnology in agriculture, the level of their familiarity with nanotechnology and their work experiences. The findings of this study can contribute to a better understanding of the present situation of the development of nanotechnology and the planning of appropriate programs for creating a positive perception of nanotechnology.