PED3010 - Scientific Theory and Research Methods


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio 100/100

Course content

The course provides a broad introduction to educational research methodology, which includes quantitative, qualitative and historical/text analytical approaches to educational issues. This includes knowledge of philosophy of science as a basis for research.

Learning outcome

The student knows...

- Key principles in research methods in education, including qualitative, quantitative and historical approaches.

- Philosophy of science as a basis for educational research

- About the research process, including formulating research questions, choice of research design, and collection of data.

- About quality criteria in qualitative, quantitative and historical methods.

- Research ethics and research ethics guidelines.

- The course provides a basis for carrying out your own master project.

Learning methods and activities

5 hours of lectures and 1 hour of seminar per week in weeks 34-42.

Project development seminar: 4 seminars of 2 hours each in weeks 37-40. Development of own project with focus on own theme and problem. Written submission of the project outline, submission date agreed at the start of the semester. Vrimledag: Information about the current master's project and presentation of available supervisors. Held at the beginning of the semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Project development seminar
  • Day with information

Further on evaluation

Examination: Individual Home examination, week 43.

Specific conditions

Required previous knowledge

The course PED1005 or equivalent. Students enrolled in the Masters programme in Education and Upbringing have precedence to this course, and research methods is a prerequisite for admission. Students from the Masters programme in Counselling or Learning in Working Life and Society can apply to the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning to be admitted to the course.

Course materials

The required course reading material is on approximately 1000 pages.

More on the course



Version: 1
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)
  • Education
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning


Examination arrangement: Portfolio

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Portfolio 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Portfolio 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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