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


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours

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

Ca. 3 hours teaching pr. week.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

The required course reading material is approximately 500 pages.

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Education
  • Social Sciences
Contact information


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 2023-12-21 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL238 Sluppenvegen 14 3
SL319 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL110 hvit sone Sluppenvegen 14 64
SL318 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL321 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL520 Sluppenvegen 14 6
SL111 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 36
Spring ORD School exam 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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