MGLU5229 - Theories of Science and Research Methods


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The content of this course is theory of science and different research methods and their suitability in different research work. The focus will be on different research paradigms, traditions and the connection between ontology, epistemology and the choice of research approaches. The course emphasize that students shall be become familiar with both quantitative and qualitative research approaches, as well as research ethics guidelines and questions. During the work on the course, the students will be in the process of starting their own research work. Therefore, help with formulating problems, and finding theory and method for one's own work will be a central part of the course. Central to the course is also academic writing, such as the construction of scientific text, precise presentation and the correct use of reference systems.

Learning outcome


The student

  • has in-depth knowledge of different research paradigms and connections between ontological and epistemological points of view and choice of research methods
  • has in-depth knowledge of characteristics of different research designs and research methods
  • has in-depth knowledge of different methods for data collection and analysis of data material
  • has in-depth knowledge of research ethics aspects and the researcher's role and responsibilities


The student:

  • can, under supervision, develop research questions related to studying pedagogical or special pedagogical issues
  • can design and carry out independent research projects / empirical research
  • can make reasoned choices of methods for collecting and analyzing data material
  • can analyze and relate critically to sources of knowledge (professional literature and data material) and use them to structure and formulate professional reasoning


The student

  • can account for and justify methodological choices concerning choice of research focus
  • can analyze relevant issues related to own research field
  • can communicate results from independent research work
  • can contribute to work with pedagogical or special educational development in school and in collaboration with relevant actors

Learning methods and activities

The teaching will vary between lectures and student-active working methods

Compulsory assignments

  • Further information in the course description

Further on evaluation

Mandatory assignments:

  • 70% attendance in class
  • Up to six mandatory assignments, both individual written work and group work (of which at least on is oral)

The work requirements are assessed as approved / not approved, and all must be approved before the student can take the exam. In addition, some seminars and lectures will be mandatory. This will be stated in the semester plan.

Specific conditions

Required previous knowledge

Passed Pedagogy and Pupil-related Skills 1,2 and 3

Passed 30 credits in a course at master's level in social pedagogy or special education in the third year of primary school teacher education

Course materials

Reading list and teaching plan will be published on Blackboard in the beginning of the semester.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Teacher Education
  • Education
  • Special 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





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 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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