The team

Professor Panos Kokkotas (1936-2015) was the founder and the inspiration of Research Paths.

panos_-kokkotas_1He was Professor in the Department of Primary Education at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He taught Science Education, Multimedia (audio, visual etc.) teaching tools and Museum Education to both initial and in-service teachers. He had a degree in Physics awarded from the Faculty of Physics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He held Ph.D. on pedagogy in science education awarded from the University of Wales. He taught science in high school and he had been a school advisor for science teachers.

His later academic books cover the topics of Science Education, the constructivist approach to teaching and learning include Science Education I (Athens, 2000), Science Education II – The constructivist approach to teaching and learning science (Athens, 2002). Additionally he edited Teaching Approaches to Science Education (Athens, 2000); he edited as the Greek translations of the books: Words, Science and Learning by Clive Sutton (Athens, 2002) and also of the book Making Sense of Secondary Science by Driver et al. (Athens, 2000).

He was also writer of science textbooks for students of the primary and the upper secondary education which have been evaluated and chosen to be taught in all schools in Greece over the last two decades.
Furthermore, he was the coordinator of three European Union projects

a) “The MAP project: A teacher training program based on Science education and history of science”
b) “Science Teacher e-Training (STeT) Project – Teaching Science using case studies from the History of Science” that aimed at the enhancement of the quality of Science Education by encouraging transactional cooperation among five European Universities
c) the S@TM:Storytelling Teaching Model. A contribution to Science Teachers’ Professional Development

www.science-story-telling.eu, which was a Comenius multilateral project that (is  based on the use of storytelling as a methodological  tool for the teaching of science and 18 interesting short stories from history of science   narrated by a professional  narrator. The project has been translated in five languages (Greek, English, French, German and Polish), i.e. the languages of the partners. Fourteen   of the stories have been used for the construction  of a course  for distance learning for the in-service training of science teachers. It also provides a course for distance learning of students.

Professor Kokkotas participated  also in the ENKDIST project (European Network for Knowledge diffusion of Digital Storytelling), which was a  KA3 project. The last two projects were selected for funding in 2011. He coordinated 13 National Projects on Science Education, co funded by EU and the Greek State.

Team Members

Spyros Kokkotas has studied law in Greece (LLB 1994) and holds an LLM in European Law from the University of Southampton (1995) and a PhD from the Faculty of Law of the University of Edinburgh (2006) with a thesis titled “The contradictions of labour and the legal regulation of employment” which dealt with legal philosophy, sociology of law, labour law and industrial relations.
He has participated in the S@TM project and is co-editor of the e-book “Storytelling in science education- experiences and perspectives” which was the outcome of the experiences of that project.
He practices law at the Piraeus Bar Association and specializes in labour, contract and company law.

Nefelli Anagnostopoulou is an art conservator. She has an HND in the conservation of Archeological materials (Athens, Greece), an HND in the conservation of works of Art (Athens, Greece) and a BA (Hons) from the University of the Arts, Camberwell College of Arts, London in paper and archival material conservation. She has received training in museum education. She currently studies towards a degree in European Studies in the Open University of Greece. She has been working as a conservator since 2001 and has a vast experience with many materials and techniques. She has worked in some projects of major significance such as the restoration of the National theatre in Athens, Greece. Her field of interests lay in conservation, museology, education in museums and the visual arts.

Professor Xenophon Moussas is a charismatic lecturer that charms his audiences in wide variety of subjects. He is famous for his studies on the oldest known computer, the Antikythera Mechanism and on Space Physics. He participates in several experiments conducted by NASA and the ESA.

His awards include: the American Geophysical Union, (Boston, 2001), the NASA group achievement award for Ulysses Space Mission ( 2009) and the Hipparchus award, Arcadia, (Athens, 2010).

He has supervised  25 PhDs, many M.Sc.’s and more than 250 B.Sc. theses.

He is the author or coauthor of several books (The Antikythera Mechanism, the first computer; Space Physics) more than 110 articles in scientific journals, 150 in Encyclopedias, and has more than 200 presentations in scientific conferences. He has appeared in many radio and TV programs, numerous scientific fairs & exhibitions and has delivered several speaches around the World in venues such as NASA, UNECSO, many  Universities and Museums worldwide.

Athanasios Verdis is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy – Pedagogy – Psychology of the University of Athens. He holds a M.Sc. from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. from London Institute of Education. He specialises on quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and evaluations. He has published on effective schools and departments, shadow education, access to higher education, hierarchical linear modes, and phenomenological and ethnographical methods in educational research.

Konstantinos Stefanidis is a science teachers advisor in Secondary Education. He holds a PhD in the Teaching of Natural Sciences (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology, 1996), a Masters degree in Applied Pedagogy and Teaching Research, having as subject “The Teaching of Physics and Computers in Education” (a two-years program Master’s degree, Free University of Brussels, 1985-1987), and a degree in Physics (University of Ioannina, 1977). He is the author of numerous scientific articles, and has worked at length as an Educational instructor for the training of in-service secondary education teachers.

Dr. George Bampasidis is a teacher at the 20th public High School of Athens, Greece. He received his PhD in Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics in 2012 from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens in conjuction with the Paris Observatory. He has worked extensively with data from the Cassini-Huygens NASA/ESA joint space mission and he still contributes to Planetary Science.
He has been actively involved in two projects of Grundtvig partnership – Lifelong Learning Programme:

AURORA POLARIS – Partnership Opportunity for Learning: Astronomy Resources for Inspiring Seniors (2008-1-GB2-GRU06-00100), from 2008 to 2010.
ESTA – European Storytelling Through Arts (2009-1-GB2-GRU06-01645), from 2009 to 2011.

Evangelia Panou is a physics teacher of Secondary Education.
She has received a master degree in “Environment and Development” at the National and Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 2008 and a master degree in “Nuclear and Particle Physics” at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in 2010.
She recently received a Ph.D. at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA).

Her thesis in focused on accurate time measurements in Greek antiquity with astronomical instruments (ancient Greek philosophers’ texts study and in-situ measurements obtained from ancient Greek marble sundials) and on educational activities proposals for teachers interested in teaching topics related to ancient Greek sundials and other astronomical issues to students of Primary and Secondary Education (K-12 Educational System) based on inquiring based learning with technology-enhanced learning methods. Her work was published in research journals and presented in conferences.

Her interests focus on the scientific research field of History and Philosophy of Sciences, Archeoastronomy, Science Education and Teacher Education.

Michael Kasoutas is a primary school teacher (2008 till now). He holds a bachelor’s degree as a teacher from “Faculty of Primary Education” of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He also holds a Master’s Degree in “Applied Pedagogy” and he is a Ph.D. candidate in the field of “Educational Assessment: an assessment model for Reflective Thinking” also at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Primary Education.
He has participated (presented papers) in National and International Conferences in topics concerning science education and teaching using aspects of History of Science and he has published papers in Greek and International scientific journals.
He has translated and standardized the “Test of Everyday Reasoning (TER)” & “The California Measure of Mental Motivation (CM3)” (levels 2 & 3) for the Greek population
[Insight Assessment / California Academic Press LLC, 217 La Cruz Avenue, Millbrae, CA 94030, www.insightassessment.com].
He has participated in the S@TM (Storytelling @Teaching Method) Comenius Project  and has co-designed the two distance learning courses that are uploaded on the website of the project. His research interests include: educational evaluation and assessment and in-service science teacher training, reflective thinking, critical thinking, constructivism teaching approaches, counselling, History of Science and Science Education, ICT exploitation in science teaching and learning.

Panagiotis Papaspirou has graduated from the Department of Physics of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, has elaborated a Master’s Degree in the Section of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics of the Department of Physics, of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and is currently a PhD candidate in the Section of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Athens of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
He specializes in the fields of epistemology and of the history of science, having as a subject of his PhD the hellenic influences on the work of Johannes Kepler.
He possesses excellent knowledge in the fields of physics, of mathematics, and of philosophy on a professional level. He speaks and writes English and German fluently.
He has obtained the Diploma of Translation in German from Goethe Institut, and the Diploma of Translation in English from the Hellenic American Union.
He has worked as a supervisor in the courses of the Laboratories of Physics of the Department of Physics, in the course of the Laboratory of the lesson “Introduction to Astrophysics” of the Department of Physics of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and in the course of the Laboratory of Physics for the students of the Department of Biology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
He has contributed as a speaker in numerous conferences and workshops.
He has published articles in foreign and greek scientific journals, and in the proceedings of conferences he attended.