Areas of Interest & Expertise
- Ethics and Education
- Development of Explanatory Understanding
- Science Learning
Abhijeet studied Microbiology in his Master’s and taught Genetics and Immunology for almost three academic years. He then took to Philosophy of Science and Science Education during his doctoral studies. He is primarily interested in the development of scientific explanations and science learning. His research and teaching interests have now grown towards the philosophy of education, particularly in the areas of ethics and education.
He has taught courses in Philosophy of Education, History and Philosophy of Science, Science Education, and Cognitive Psychology at Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR, Mumbai; Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai; National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneshwar; and Ambedkar University, Delhi.
Nature of Science
This course introduces science to the education students: science itself is the object of this course.
Philosophy of Education
A course going over the concepts, methodologies and interdisciplinary intersections that determine educational action in various contexts.
The word ‘curriculum’ has its origin in the racing tracks of ancient Greece, to mean, quite literally, a course.
Publications and Writings
1. Bardapurkar, A. S. (2006) “Experience, Reason and Science Education”. Current Science 90(6), 758. http://www.ias.ac.in/currsci/mar252006/contents.htm
2. Bardapurkar, A. S. (2008) “Do Students See the ‘Selection’ in Organic Evolution? A Critical Review of the Causal Structure of Student Explanations”. Evolution: Education and Outreach 1(3), 299 – 305. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12052-008‑0048‑5
3. Bardapurkar, A. S. (2013) “The Artificial, the natural and the necessary in Aristotle’s Physics II”. Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research XXVIII (3): 33 – 42.
4. Bardapurkar, A. S. (2013). “What is ‘natural’ in natural selection?” Resonance 18(5), 475 – 482. http://www.ias.ac.in/resonance/May2013/p475-482.pdf
5. Bardapurkar, A. S. (2019). “Scientific Temper: Virtues of Science in early 20th Century India”. Current Science 117(10), 1571 – 73. ttps://www.currentscience.ac.in/Volumes/117/10/1571.pdf
6. Bardapurkar A. S. (2020). Teaching Scientific Temper. Resonance 25(10).
https://www.ias.ac.in/article/fulltext/reso/025/10/1399 – 1405
7. Bardapurkar, A. (2021). Book Review: Wineburg, S. (2018). Why learn history (When it’s already on your phone). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. Contemporary Education Dialogues 18(2), 232 – 238.
8.Bardapurkar, A. (2022). What is Good? A Study of Educational Insights in Nicomachean Ethics (Book I, II and III). Journal of Human Values, 28(1), 11 – 19. https://doi.org/10.1177/09716858211058778
Conferences & Proceedings
1.Bardapurkar, A. S. (2005a) “Understanding Natural Selection via Variation and Artificial Selection”. A paper presented at Eighth International History, Philosophy, Sociology & Science Teaching Conference, July 15 to July 18, 2005, University of Leeds, England.
2. Bardapurkar, A. S. (2005b) “Reality, truth and the logic of science: Exploring students‟ views about scientific knowledge”. A paper presented at Eighth International History, Philosophy, Sociology & Science Teaching Conference, July 15 to July 18, 2005, University of Leeds, England.
3. Bardapurkar, A. S. and Nagarjuna G. (2005) “Students‟ explanations: A review of how students understand the theory of evolution”. A paper presented at epiSTEME 1 (An international conference to review research on science, technology and mathematics education) December 13 – 17, 2004, Goa, India.
4. Bardapurkar, A. S. (2007) “What is „natural‟ in natural selection?” A paper presented at the 2007 meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB), July 25 to July 29, 2007, University of Exeter, Exeter, England.
5. Bardapurkar, A. S. (2009) “Causal Structure of the Student‟s Explanatory Narrative of Evolutionary Change”. A paper presented at Tenth International History, Philosophy, Sociology & Science Teaching Conference, June 24 to 28, 2009, University of Notre Dame
6. Bardapurkar, A. (2018). The Question of Value in Science Education. In S. Ladage & S. Narvekar (Eds.), Proceedings of epiSTEME 7 — International Conference to Review Research on Science, Technology and Mathematics Education, p. 9 – 16. India: Cinnamon Teal.
7. Bardapurkar, A. (2018). Being Virtuous. North American Association for Philosophy and Education Conference Proceedings, Chicago, 26 – 28 October 2018.
8. Bardapurkar, A. (2021). Communicating science is communicating commitments. Roadmap for Humanities and Social Sciences in STEM Higher Education, an international conference organised by IIT Jammu, 19 – 20 March 2021.