MGLU4209 - Inquiry-based science


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 6 hours

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.

Learning outcome


The student

  • has advanced knowledge on what characterises inquiry-based approaches to learning and teaching
  • has advanced knowledge on how to plan and execute 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


The student

  • can plan and execute inquiry-based teaching and learning
  • can assess pupils’ learning in inquiry-based processes
  • can analyse and reformulate tasks for inquiry-based approach in school
  • can promote pupils’ critical thinking through deliberate questioning
  • can promote inquiry-based conversation
  • can discuss which barriers and dilemmas exist in connection to the implementation of inquiry-based approaches in school


The student

  • 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
  • Practical work
  • Work on assignments, individually and/or in groups
  • Student seminars with presentation of literature

Compulsory assignments

  • Practical exercises with pupils and/or fellow students
  • Presentation

Further on evaluation

Assessment: Off campus exam 6 hours (individual)

For a postponed exam, the exam format can be changed.

Compulsory assignments:

  • Practical exercises with pupils and/or fellow students
  • Presentation

Compulsory assignments must be approved before students can take exam.

Specific conditions

Required previous knowledge

Candidate must have successfully passed Natural Science 1 and completed Natural Science 2 to begin Cycle 2 courses. Passing is understood as the student completing the course and passing the examination. Completed is understood as having all obligatory coursework approved and qualifying the student for the course examination.

Course materials

The final reading list is posted on Blackboard before the course starts.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
DID3502 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
EDU3020 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: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Teacher Education
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
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.

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