Didactique de la biologie

Dr Kostas Kampourakis

University of Geneva
Section of Biology and IUFE
Pavillon Mail, 40 Boulevard du Pont-d’Arve
1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland
Kostas.Kampourakis@unige.ch

Research and Professional Appointments

Kostas Kampourakis is currently working on projects relevant to the teaching and the public understanding of genetics. At the Section of Biology he is teaching the course « Biologie et Société ».

He is the Editor of the book series Understanding Life, published by Cambridge University Press, as well as the co-editor of the Springer book series Contributions from Biology Education Research.

He is the past Editor-in-Chief of the journal Science & Education (Springer), the official journal of IHPST, and the past Editor of the Springer book series Science: Philosophy, History and Education.

Publications

Books

K. Kampourakis (2020) Understanding Evolution. Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press.

K. Kampourakis, T. Uller (Eds.) (2020) Philosophy of Science for Biologists. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

K. Kampourakis, K. McCain (2019). Uncertainty: How it Makes Science Advance. New York: Oxford University Press.

K. McCain, K. Kampourakis (Eds.) (2019) What is Scientific Knowledge? An Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology of Science. New York: Routledge.

K. Kampourakis, M. Reiss (Eds.) (2018) Teaching Biology in Schools: Global Research, Issues and Trends. New York: Routledge.

K. Kampourakis (2018) Turning Points: How Critical Events Have Driven Human Evolution, Life, and Development. Amherst NY: Prometheus Books.

K. Kampourakis (2017) Making Sense of Genes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

R.L. Numbers & K. Kampourakis (Eds) (2015) Newton’s Apple and Other Myths about Science. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press.

K. Kampourakis (2014) Understanding Evolution. Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press.

K. Kampourakis (Ed) (2013) The Philosophy of Biology: a Companion for Educators. Dordrecht: Springer.

Articles in peer reviewed journals

F. Stern, K. Kampourakis, M. Delaval, A. Müller (2020) Development and validation of a questionnaire measuring secondary students’ Genetic Essentialism and Teleology (GET) conceptions. International Journal of Science Education (online)

K. Kampourakis (2020) Students’ “teleological misconceptions” in evolution education: why the underlying design stance, not teleology per se, is the problem. Evolution: Education and Outreach, 13 1

K. Kampourakis, F. Stern (2018) Reconsidering the meaning of concepts in biology: Why distinctions are so important. BioEssays (online)

F. Stern, K. Kampourakis, C. Huneault, P. Silveira, A. Müller (2018) Undergraduate biology students’ teleological and essentialist misconceptions. Education Sciences,  8(3), 135.

K. McCain, K. Kampourakis (2018) Which questions do polls about evolution and belief really ask, and why does it matter? Public Understanding of Science, 27(1) 2–10.

F. Stern, K. Kampourakis (2017) Teaching for genetics literacy in the post-genomic era. Studies in Science Education, 53(2), 193-225.

K. Kampourakis, P. Silveira, B.J. Strasser (2016) How do pre-service biology teachers explain the origin of traits? : A philosophical analysis. Science Education, 100(6), 1124-1149.

R. Nehm, K. Kampourakis (2016) Conceptual change in science and science education. Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory, 1-5.

K. Kampourakis, K. McCain (2016) Believe in or about evolution? BioScience, 66(3), 187-188.

K. Kampourakis (2016) The “general aspects” conceptualization as a pragmatic and effective means to introducing students to nature of science. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 53(5), 667-682.

K. Kampourakis, C. Gripiotis (2015) Darwinism in context: An interdisciplinary, highly contextualized course on nature of science. Perspectives in Science, 5, 25-35.

W.F. McComas, K. Kampourakis (2015) Using the history of biology, chemistry, geology, and physics to illustrate general aspects of nature of science. Review of Science, Mathematics and ICT Education, 9 (1), 47-76.

M.F. Campanile, N.G. Lederman, K. Kampourakis (2015) Mendelian genetics as a platform for teaching about Nature of Science and Scientific Inquiry: the value of textbooks. Science & Education, 24 (1-2), 205-225.

K. Kampourakis (2015) The need for interdisciplinary dialog in evolution education: A comment on the responses by Ware & Gelman and Shtulman. Cognitive Science, 39(4), 846-848.

K. Kampourakis (2015) Distorting the history of evolutionary thought in conceptual development research. Cognitive Science 39(4), 833-837.

K. Kampourakis, B.J. Strasser (2015) The evolutionist, the creationist and the ‘unsure’: picking up the wrong fight? International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 5(3), 271-275.

K. Kampourakis, A. Minelli (2014) Evolution makes more sense in the light of development. The American Biology Teacher, 76(8), 493-498.

K. Kampourakis, E. Vayena, C. Mitropoulou, R.H. van Schaik, D.N. Cooper, J. Borg, G.P. Patrinos (2014) Key challenges for next-generation pharmacogenomics. EMBO reports, 15(5), 472-476.

K. Kampourakis, A. Minelli (2014) Understanding evolution: why evo-devo matters. Bioscience, 64(5): 381-382.

K. Kampourakis (2013) Mendel and the path to Genetics: portraying science as a social process. Science & Education, 22(2), 293-324.

K. Kampourakis (2013) Teaching about adaptation: Why evolutionary history matters. Science & Education, 22(2), 173-188.

K. Kampourakis (2013) Nägeli, Carl von. In Stanley Maloy and Kelly Hughes (Eds) (2012) Brenner’s Online Encyclopedia of Genetics (2nd edition) pp.2-3.

T.R. Reydon, K. Kampourakis, G.P. Patrinos (2012) Genetics, genomics and society: the responsibilities of scientists for science communication and education. Personalized Medicine, 9(6), 633-643.

K. Kampourakis, E. Palaiokrassa, M. Papadopoulou, V. Pavlidi, M. Argyropoulou (2012) Children’s intuitive teleology: shifting the focus of evolution education research. Evolution Education and Outreach, 5(2), 279-291.

K. Kampourakis, V. Pavlidi, M. Papadopoulou, E. Palaiokrassa (2012) Children’s teleological intuitions: what kind of explanations do 7-8 year olds give for the features of organisms, artifacts and natural objects? Research in Science Education, 42(4), 651-671.

K. Kampourakis, W.F. McComas (2010) Charles Darwin and evolution: illustrating human aspects of science. Science & Education, 19 (6-8), 637-654.

K. Kampourakis, V. Zogza. (2009) Preliminary evolutionary explanations: a basic framework for conceptual change and explanatory coherence in evolution. Science & Education, 18(10), 1313-1340.

K. Kampourakis, V. Zogza (2008) Students’ intuitive explanations of the causes of homologies and adaptations. Science & Education, 17(1), 27-47.

K. Kampourakis, V. Zogza (2007) Students’ preconceptions about evolution: how accurate is the characterization as “Lamarckian” when considering the history of evolutionary thought? Science & Education, 16(3-5), 393-422.

K. Kampourakis (2007) Teleology in biology, chemistry and physics education: what primary teachers should know. Review of Science, Mathematics and ICT Education, 1(2), 81-93.

K. Kampourakis (2006) The finches’ beaks: introducing evolutionary concepts. Science Scope, 29(6),  14-17.

K. Kampourakis, V. Zogza. (2006) Tempo and mode of teaching evolution. Themes in Education, 7(1), 3-24.

K. Kampourakis, K. Roumeliotou (2004) Mendel was not alone. Biologist, 51(1), 54-57.

Book chapters

K. Papaioannou, K. Kampourakis (2020) Health-care professionals’ awareness and understanding of genomics. In G. P. Patrinos (Ed.) Applied Genomics and Public Health. San Diego CA: Academic Press, 225-242.

K. Kampourakis (2019) How are the uncertainties in scientific knowledge represented in the public sphere? The genetics of intelligence as a case study. In K. McCain and K. Kampourakis (Eds.) What is Scientific Knowledge? An Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology of Science. New York: Routledge, 288-305.

K. Kampourakis (2019) Genetics makes more sense in the light of development. In Giuseppe Fusco (Ed.) Perspectives on Evolutionary and Developmental Biology: Essays for Alessandro Minelli. Padova: University of Padova Press, 115-122.

K. Kampourakis, M. Reiss (2018) Concluding remarks. In K. Kampourakis, M. Reiss (Eds.). Teaching Biology in Schools: Global Research, Issues and Trends. New York: Routledge, 275-280.

K. Kampourakis, K. Niebert (2018) Explanation in biology education. In K. Kampourakis, M. Reiss (Eds.). Teaching Biology in Schools: Global Research, Issues and Trends. New York: Routledge, 236-248.

K. Kampourakis, P. Stasinakis (2018) Development. In K. Kampourakis, M. Reiss (Eds.). Teaching Biology in Schools: Global Research, Issues and Trends. New York: Routledge, 99-110.

M. Reiss, K. Kampourakis (2018) Introduction: Biology didactics. In K. Kampourakis, M. Reiss (Eds.). Teaching Biology in Schools: Global Research, Issues and Trends. New York: Routledge, 1-8.

P. Stasinakis, K. Kampourakis (2018) Teaching evolution in Greece. In H. Deniz, L. Borgerding (Eds.). Evolution Education Around the Globe. Dordrecht: Springer, 195-212.

K. Kampourakis, M. Reiss (2018) Concluding remarks. In K. Kampourakis, M. Reiss (Eds.). Teaching Biology in Schools: Global Research, Issues and Trends. New York: Routledge, 275-280.

K. Kampourakis, K. Niebert (2018) Explanation in biology education. In K. Kampourakis, M. Reiss (Eds.). Teaching Biology in Schools: Global Research, Issues and Trends. New York: Routledge, 236-248.

K. Kampourakis, P. Stasinakis (2018) Development. In K. Kampourakis, M. Reiss (Eds.). Teaching Biology in Schools: Global Research, Issues and Trends. New York: Routledge, 99-110.

M. Reiss, K. Kampourakis (2018) Introduction: Biology didactics. In K. Kampourakis, M. Reiss (Eds.). Teaching Biology in Schools: Global Research, Issues and Trends. New York: Routledge, 1-8.

K. Kampourakis (2017) Nature of science representations in Greek secondary school biology textbooks. In McDonald C., Abd-El-Khalick, F. (Eds.) Representations of Nature of Science in School Science Textbooks: A Global Perspective. London: Routledge, 118-134.

K. Kampourakis (2017) Public understanding of genetic testing and obstacles to genetics literacy. In Patrinos G.P., Danielson P., Ansorge W.J. (Eds). Molecular Diagnostics (3rd edition). Amsterdam: Elsevier/Academic Press, 469-477.

K. Kampourakis (2015) Myth 16: That Gregor Mendel was a lonely pioneer of genetics, being ahead of his time. In R. L. Numbers and K. Kampourakis (Eds.). Newton’s Apple and Other Myths about Science. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 129-138.

R. Nehm, K. Kampourakis (2014) History and philosophy of science and the teaching of macroevolution. In M.R. Matthews (Ed.). International Handbook of Research in History, Philosophy and Science Teaching. Dordrecht: Springer, 401-421.

K. Kampourakis, R. Nehm (2014) History and philosophy of science and the teaching of evolution: students’ conceptions and explanations. In M.R. Matthews (Ed.). International Handbook of Research in History, Philosophy and Science Teaching. Dordrecht: Springer, 377-399.

R.M. Burian, K.Kampourakis (2013) Against “genes for”: Could an inclusive concept of genetic material effectively replace gene concepts? In K. Kampourakis (Ed.) The Philosophy of Biology: a Companion for Educators. Dordrecht: Springer, 597-628.

J.G. Lennox, K. Kampourakis (2013) Biological teleology: the need for history. In K. Kampourakis (Ed.) The Philosophy of Biology: a Companion for Educators. Dordrecht: Springer, 421-454.

K. Kampourakis (2013) Philosophy of biology and biology education: an introduction. In K. Kampourakis (Ed.). The Philosophy of Biology: A Companion for Educators.Dordrecht:Springer, 1-29.

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