Anish Mokashi

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Physics education
  • Teacher education
  • Experimental physics and its history
  • Ethnography of science education
  • History of science
  • Pedagogy of listening and documentation à la Reggio Emilia
  • Learners’ agency
  • Autonomy and meaning-making
  • Nature of science
  • Science and society


Anish is an experimental physicist and he works on science education at the school and University levels. 

Through his educational practice and research, he has been trying to find common ground between the cultures of scientific research and science pedagogy. 

He has worked with undergraduate students at IISc, at Eklavya with science teachers and in the field, and with middle school and high school students at Poorna Learning Centre.

His interests lie in understanding conditions that support meaning-making, autonomy and agency in students and teachers, in connecting experimental science and conceptual understanding, and in finding ways for collegial and democratic cultures of teaching-learning to evolve.


On-going Projects

  1. A book for a general audience on the history of the measurement of the speed of light building on a talk delivered at the IISc Paraspar Lecture Series titled: How a Dane in Paris chanced upon the speed of light and other tales from the heavens and the Earth.
  2. A project on the theme of listening to teachers, exploring the general as well as specific aspects of the teaching-learning of science at schools, and the design of sessions in teacher workshops.
  3. Extended documentation of students’ meaning-making of scientific phenomena and concepts.