DID3502 - Inquiry-based science education


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 100/100

Course content

Inquiry-based approaches to teaching and learning is an important goal for science in school, in order to give pupils a deeper understanding of science concepts, increased interest in science, and better insight and experience with using the methods of science. This course gives students advanced theoretical and practical knowledge on working inquiry-abased in science. The training of skills is central. Students will be trained in planning for and creating inquiry-based approaches to teaching and learning. The course is given in English if we have English speaking students, otherwise it will be done in Norwegian.

Learning outcome


The candidate

  • has advanced knowledge on what characterizes inquiry-based approaches to learning and teaching
  • has advanced knowledge on how to plan and implement inquiry-based learning and teaching
  • has deep knowledge on practical work and inquiry-based approaches in a historical and international perspective
  • has in-depth knowledge on argumentation in science contexts
  • has knowledge on how to promote critical thinking through inquiry


The candidate

  • can plan and implement inquiry-based teaching and learning
  • can assess pupils learning in inquiry-based processes
  • can analyze and redesign tasks for inquiry-based approach in school
  • can promote exploratory talk among pupils
  • can discuss which barriers and dilemmas exist related to the implementation of inquiry-based approaches in school


The candidate

  • can discuss the importance of inquiry-based approaches in science teaching and learning
  • can use knowledge on and skills in the use of inquiry-based approaches for continuous improvement in teaching and learning science

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars, student presentations, and tasks in between the seminars.

Compulsory assignments

  • Practical exercises and reports

Further on evaluation

Explanation on compulsory assignments

Compulsory assignments consist of: Practical exercises with pupils and/or fellow students and Presentation (oral report)

Compulsory assignments must be approved before students can take the exam.


Oral exam.

The form of the examination can be changed at a new examination.

Course materials

Course material will mainly be journal papers or book chapters in Norwegian and/or English. List will be available prior to course start.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
EDU3020 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
MGLU4209 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Pedagogical knowledge
  • Life Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination (1) 100/100

2023-12-06 - 2023-12-07

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Oral examination 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
  • 1) Individuelle tidspunkter publiseres senere

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