PED3010 - Scientific Theory and Research Methods


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 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

4 hours of lectures and 1 hour of seminar per week in weeks 34-43.

Compulsory assignments

  • Project development seminar

Further on evaluation

Examination: Individual Home examination.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Counselling Science (MRÅDG)
Education (MPED)
Learning in Working Life and Society (MVL)

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 Adult Learning 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 2020

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 2

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

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

Release 2020-10-19

Submission 2020-10-21

Release 10:00

Submission 12:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 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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