PED1005 - Introduction to the Philosophy of Science and Educational Research Methods


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 100/100 4 hours A

Course content

The course offers a basic introduction to the philosophy of science, qualitative and quantitative research methods and statistics. Central to the course are the characteristics of various research traditions used in educational research, science of counseling and adult learning, about their practices, the standards they have to meet and the scientific ideals they are based on. The course includes how to plan and carry out various types of studies, how to analyze data and how to present results from qualitative and quantitative studies. In statistics, the emphasis is on basic concepts and symbols used in descriptive statistics.

Learning outcome

The students
- have knowledge about different traditions in philosophy of science and their importance for research methodology.
- have basic knowledge about important quantitative and qualitative research methods and statistics which are used in the fields of education, adult learning and counseling science.
- have basic knowledge about scientific and ethical standards in social science studies.
- are able to assess the implications of the choice of methods for samples, data collection methods and analyzes.
- are able to understand and critically evaluate and interpret others and their own research, as well as report research findings.
- know how to plan and carry out a basic research assignment.

Learning methods and activities

3 hours teaching pr. week.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

The required course reading material is approximately 500 pages.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 1

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning



Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 A

Release 2020-12-15

Submission 2020-12-15

Release 09:00

Submission 13:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 A

Release 2021-06-10

Submission 2021-06-10

Release 09:00

Submission 13:00

Room Building Number of candidates
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