MGLU5211 - Theories of Science and Research Methodology for subject didactics in KRLE


New from the academic year 2021/2022

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100 ALLE

Course content

This course focuses on theories of science and different research methodologies and their suitability under different circumstances. Different research paradigms and the connection between ontology, epistemology and the choice of research methods will be discussed. We will also focus on qualitative methods. While taking the course, the students will be starting their own research projects. Work on developing their research questions, relevant theories and methods, and assistance in detecting and solving (research) ethical challenges for their own projects will be central to the course. We will also discuss how to compose a scientific text with precise representations and correct references.

Learning outcome


The student

  • has advanced knowledge about CREE-relevant research and theory and scientific thinking, research methods and ethics
  • has in-depth knowledge of relevant research paradigms and connections between ontological and epistemological positions and choice of research approaches
  • has in-depth knowledge of characteristics of different research designs and methodologies (methods)
  • has in-depth knowledge of the different ways of collecting and analysing data
  • has in-depth knowledge of ethical aspects of research
  • has in-depth knowledge of how research can be presented


The student

  • is capable of analysing and taking a critical stance to national and international research and applying this knowledge in the profession
  • is capable, under supervision, of formulating research questions relevant to CREE didactics
  • is capable of developing their own research project/empirical investigation
  • is capable of making informed choices of research methods/methods for collecting data and analysing data
  • is capable of analysing and taking a critical stance to sources of knowledge (research and data) and applying them to structure and formulate academic arguments

General competetence

The student

  • is capable of analysing relevant academic and ethical issues related to teaching CREE in school
  • is capable of disseminating and communicating academic issues based on independent research and master the language and genres of CREE-didactics
  • is capable of contributing to development work that promotes new academic and pedagogical thinking related to the CREE-subject at school
  • is capable of explaining and reason about methodological choices related to the focus of a study

Learning methods and activities

The teaching in the course is organized in seminars. The content of the seminars will be presented at the beginning of the term. Between the seminars the students are expected to read and work on tasks related to preparing their own masters theses. The activity in the seminars will vary between lectures, collaborative and individual work, discussions, and student presentations. Discussions and other academic cooperation, such as responding to fellow students work, are important ways of working and learning in the course, and it is expected that all students participate in such activities.

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatory course work according to course description

Further on evaluation

The following activities must be completed in order to take the exam (Mandatory activities/assignments):

Maximum of 6 written and 6 oral presentations related to the master project (such as field notes, explanation on the necessity of application to NSD (Norwegian centre for research data), short information about the project directed to the general public and literature review). The assessment of these works will be graded either passed or not passed. Candidates who risk not being allowed to take the exam, shall get a warning, according to Academic Regulations( )


Term paper that presents and discusses theoretical and methodological questions related to the student's own master project. Grading system A-F.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education for Years 1-7 (MGLU1-7)
Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education for Years 5-10 (MGLU5-10)

Required previous knowledge

Completed MGLU1108/MGLU1508, MGLU2108/MGLU2508, MGLU3112/MGLU3512 (60 ECTS of CREE).

Course materials

The list of curriculum is tentative. The complete reading list will be published on Blackboard (the digital learning platform) before the course begins.

More on the course



Version: A
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

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: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 ALLE 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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