MGLU5208 - Theories of Science and Research Methods (Science)


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 3 days

Course content

This course deals with a selection of topics within the theory of science that will contribute to the understanding of research in science education. Relevant research methods, qualitative as well as quantitative, their suitability and limitations are discussed. This course will prepare the students for their work with research in science education, where the coherence between themes, research topics, research questions and application of relevant theories and methods are crucial. Ethical considerations in research is an integrated part of this course. Insight and training in the writing of academic texts where emphasis is put on the structure of the text, the precision in writing and the correct use of literature, will also be addressed.

Learning outcome


The student

  • has in-depth knowledge on research paradigms and the relationship between ontological and epistemological viewpoints and the selection of research methods
  • has knowledge on different research designs and qualitative and quantitative approaches in research
  • has in-depth knowledge on the collection and analysis of data
  • has knowledge on the presentation of research


The student

  • can develop researchable questions that are relevant within science education
  • can plan and clarify how to collect and analyse research data
  • can analyse and critically use sources of information such as literature and data and use them to structure and formulate scientific reasoning
  • can design a master project and justify the choice of methods suggested
  • can take heed of ethical aspecs of planning of research


The student

  • can elucidate and clarify methodological choices related to a selected research focus
  • can analyse relevant issues related to science education in school and other dissemination of science
  • can disseminate results from an individual work and masters the language and genres of science education

Learning methods and activities

Teaching components will include lectures, individual and group work on taks, discussions and other relevant collaboration. Students are expected to actively participate in the teaching activities and thus contribute to the course.

Compulsory assignments

  • Short text with possible research theme and research questions
  • Plan for the collection of empirical data and analyses
  • Sketch of a possible master research project in science education

Further on evaluation

Mandatory activities

  • Short text with possible research theme and research questions.
  • Plan for the collection of empirical data and analyses
  • Sketch of a possible master research project in science education


Home Exam, 3 days

Letter grade A-F

Specific conditions

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
EDU3121 2.5 AUTUMN 2018
EDU3122 2.5 AUTUMN 2018
EDU3123 2.5 AUTUMN 2018
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Version: A
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

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 ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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