How aware and knowledgeable are Malaysians of modern biotechnology?

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Abstract

Modern biotechnology has been given priority by the Malaysian government for wealth creation in the 9th Malaysian Plan and in the Malaysia's Science and Technology Policy for the 21 st Century. However this technology has also been classified as a complex emerging issue that exhibits high salience combined with limited knowledge on part of the public. Some researchers stress the importance of assessing people's knowledge on modern biotechnology as according to a theory on decision making, people only form attitudes about technologies and techniques after they have acquired relevant information. The purpose of this paper is to assess and compare the awareness, knowledge and engagement level of the Malaysian public in the Klang Valley across several demographic background such stakeholders' groups, religion, races, ages, education levels and gender. A survey was carried out on 1017 respondents from various interest groups in the Klang Valley region. Results of the survey showed that the overall mean score for awareness, knowledge and engagement on modern biotechnology were moderate. ANOVAs showed significant differences in awareness, knowledge and engagement levels across stakeholders' groups, ages and education level while knowledge and engagement differed significantly across religion and races. Result of t-test showed that the females tended to have significantly higher awareness than the males but were at par in term of knowledge and engagement with modern biotechnology.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Pages3384-3388
Number of pages5
Volume15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event3rd World Conference on Educational Sciences, WCES-2011 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3 Feb 20117 Feb 2011

Other

Other3rd World Conference on Educational Sciences, WCES-2011
CountryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Period3/2/117/2/11

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Biotechnology
biotechnology
Religion
Technology
stakeholder
Education
Public Opinion
Malaysia
interest group
age group
Decision Making
Analysis of Variance
education
Age Groups
Research Personnel
Demography
decision making
gender
science
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Keywords

  • Awareness
  • Engagement
  • Knowledge
  • Malaysia
  • Modern Biotechnology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Psychology(all)

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How aware and knowledgeable are Malaysians of modern biotechnology? / Amin, Latifah; Ibrahim, Rozita.

Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 15 2011. p. 3384-3388.

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Amin, L & Ibrahim, R 2011, How aware and knowledgeable are Malaysians of modern biotechnology? in Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. vol. 15, pp. 3384-3388, 3rd World Conference on Educational Sciences, WCES-2011, Istanbul, Turkey, 3/2/11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.04.305
Amin, Latifah ; Ibrahim, Rozita. / How aware and knowledgeable are Malaysians of modern biotechnology?. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 15 2011. pp. 3384-3388
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